Abstract

We report a high-energy extended-cavity MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator, synchronously-pumped by a femtosecond Yb:fiber laser. The oscillator operated at a signal wavelength of 1530 nm with a repetition-frequency of 15.3 MHz (9.8 m length) achieved using intracavity relay-imaging optics. The signal pulses had an average power above 1.0 W, durations of 1.5 ps and energies greater than 70 nJ, making it a potential source for rapid femtosecond waveguide inscription in infrared materials.

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D. S. Butterworth, S. Girard, and D. C. Hanna, "A simple technique to achieve active cavity-length stabilisation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 123, 577-582 (1996).

Balembois, F.

Barry, L. P.

Bouma, B. E.

Broderick, N.

Brodeur, A.

Brunner, F.

Butterworth, D. S.

D. S. Butterworth, S. Girard, and D. C. Hanna, "A simple technique to achieve active cavity-length stabilisation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 123, 577-582 (1996).

Chen, W.

Cho, S. H.

Cunningham, J.

Delaigue, M.

Druon, F.

Dudley, J. M.

Eaton, S. M.

Forget, N.

Fujimoto, J. G.

Fujimoto, J.G.

Garcia, J.

Georges, P.

Girard, S.

D. S. Butterworth, S. Girard, and D. C. Hanna, "A simple technique to achieve active cavity-length stabilisation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 123, 577-582 (1996).

Hanna, D.

Hanna, D. C.

T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, T. Usami, H. Ito, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, D. C. Hanna, and U. Keller, "High-power femtosecond fiber-feedback optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO3," Opt. Lett. 29, 1111-1113 (2004).

D. S. Butterworth, S. Girard, and D. C. Hanna, "A simple technique to achieve active cavity-length stabilisation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 123, 577-582 (1996).

Harvey, J. D.

Herman, P. R.

Ho, S.

Innerhofer, E.

Ippen, E. P.

Ito, H.

Ivanov, A.

Joo, T.

Kärtner, F. X.

Keller, U.

Killi, A.

Kitamura, K.

Knox, W. H.

Kopf, D.

Kurimura, S.

Lederer, M. J.

Li, J.

Malinowski, A.

Mazur, E.

Min, C.

Morgner, U.

Ng, M. L.

Nilsson, J.

O'Connor, M.

Papadopoulos, D. N.

Paschotta, R.

Price, J.

Reid, D. T.

Richardson, D.

Schaffer, C.

Shcheslavskiy, V.

Shepherd, D.

Sibbett, W.

Südmeyer, T.

Thomsen, B.

Usami, T.

Watson, M.

Yakovlev, V. V.

Zhang, H.

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Opt. Commun. (1)

D. S. Butterworth, S. Girard, and D. C. Hanna, "A simple technique to achieve active cavity-length stabilisation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 123, 577-582 (1996).

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (9)

S. H. Cho, B. E. Bouma, E. P. Ippen, and J.G. Fujimoto, "Low-repetition-rate high-peak-power Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:Al2O3 laser with a multiple-pass cavity," Opt. Lett. 24, 417-419 (1999).

C. Schaffer, A. Brodeur, J. Garcia, and E. Mazur, "Micromachining bulk glass by use of femtosecond laser pulses with nanojoule energy," Opt. Lett. 26, 93-95 (2001).

S. H. Cho, F. X. Kärtner, U. Morgner, E. P. Ippen, J. G. Fujimoto, J. Cunningham, and W. H. Knox, "Generation of 90-nJ pulses with a 4-MHz repetition-rate Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:Al2O3 laser operating with net positive and negative intracavity dispersion," Opt. Lett. 26, 560-562 (2001).

V. Shcheslavskiy, V. V. Yakovlev, and A. Ivanov, "High-energy self-starting femtosecond Cr4+:Mg2SiO4 oscillator operating at a low repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 26, 1999-2001 (2001).

M. O'Connor, M. Watson, D. Shepherd, D. Hanna, J. Price, A. Malinowski, J. Nilsson, N. Broderick, and D. Richardson, "Synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator driven by a femtosecond mode-locked fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 27, 1052-1054 (2002).

D. N. Papadopoulos, N. Forget, M. Delaigue, F. Druon, F. Balembois, and P. Georges, "Passively mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 oscillator operating at an ultralow repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 28, 1838-1840 (2003).

T. Südmeyer, E. Innerhofer, F. Brunner, R. Paschotta, T. Usami, H. Ito, S. Kurimura, K. Kitamura, D. C. Hanna, and U. Keller, "High-power femtosecond fiber-feedback optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO3," Opt. Lett. 29, 1111-1113 (2004).

A. Killi, U. Morgner, M. J. Lederer, and D. Kopf, "Diode-pumped femtosecond laser oscillator with cavity dumping," Opt. Lett. 29, 1288-1290 (2004).

C. Min and T. Joo, "Near-infrared cavity-dumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 30, 1855-1857 (2005).

Other (1)

A.E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science Books, 1986).

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