Abstract

We demonstrate a PPLN based pump-enhanced, singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator configured in a traveling wave geometry and pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser. The inclusion of a low finesse etalon within the OPO cavity stabilizes the signal frequency, and rotation of the etalon allows this frequency to be systematically hopped from axial mode to nearest neighbor axial mode over the entire free spectral range of the etalon (83GHz). Tuning of the pump frequency allows the signal frequency to be smoothly tuned over a cavity free spectral range. More than 35mW of single frequency idler power was generated in the spectral range 2800–3000nm for 600mW pump power. The superiority of traveling wave over standing wave geometries in these regards is discussed.

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A. Popp, F. Muller, S. Schiller, G. v. Basum, H. Dahnke, P. Hering, M. Murtz, and F. Kuhnemann, �??Ultra-sensitive mid-infrared cavity leak-out spectroscopy using a cw optical parametric oscillator,�?? Appl. Phys. 75, 751-54 (2002).
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Appl. Phys. B (2)

F. Kuhnemann, K. Schneider, A. Hecker, A. A. E. Martis, W. Urban, S. Schiller and J. Mlynek, �??Photoacoustic trace gas detection using a cw single-frequency optical parametric oscillator,�?? Appl. Phys. B 66, 741-45 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B-Lasers and Optics (1)

R. W. P. Drever, J. L. Hall, F. V. Kowalski, J. Hough, G. M. Ford, A. J. Munley and H. Ward, "Laser Phase and Frequency Stabilisation Using an Optical Resonator," Appl, Phys, B-Lasers and Optics 31, 97-105 (1983).
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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

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J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

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Opt. Lett (1)

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer and J. W. Pierce, �??Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3, �??Opt. Lett. 21, 591-3 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Lett. (11)

M. van Harpen, S. L. Hekkert, S. E. Bisson and F. J. M. Harren, �??Wide single-mode tuning of a 3.0-3.8μm, 700mW, continuous-wave Nd:YAG-pumped optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium niobate,�?? Opt. Lett. 27, 640-642 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Optical parametric oscillator with ring resonator.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Extracted idler power (mW) as a function of pump power (mW).

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) and (b). Frequency selection by etalon rotation.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

(a) and (b). Smooth tuning of the signal between cavity modes by pump tuning.

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