Abstract

We have demonstrated a 0.7 μm – 1.9 μm wavelength-tunable light source based on a single-pass optical parametric amplification (OPA) in a multiperiod magnesium oxide-doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The OPA pump was a frequency-doubled ultrafast ytterbium-doped fiber oscillator, and the residual 1040 nm laser power after frequency doubling was recycled to generate a supercontinuum seeding source. Compared with conventional OPAs, this system is free from timing jitter between the pump laser and the seeding source. Over 50% conversion efficiency was obtained with 10 nJ pump energy. Combined with a 50 MHz repetition rate, this versatile source is ideal for biomedical and spectroscopic applications.

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N. Deguil, E. Mottay, F. Salin, P. Legros, and D. Choquet, "Novel diode-pumped infrared tunable laser system for multi-photon microscopy," Microsc. Res. Tech. 63, 23-26 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. W. Chu, T. M. Liu, and C. K. Sun, "Real-time second-harmonic-generation microscopy based on a 2-GHz repetition rate Ti : sapphire laser," Opt. Express 11, 933-938 (2003).
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[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

1992 (2)

Adachi, S.

Aguergaray, C.

Andersen, T. V.

Arie, A.

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[CrossRef]

Bartelt, H.

Benedetti, E.

Biancalana, F.

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Birks, T. A.

Bruchmann, C.

Bucharov, I.

Byer, R. L.

Calegari, F.

Cerullo, G.

Chiang, A. C.

Choquet, D.

N. Deguil, E. Mottay, F. Salin, P. Legros, and D. Choquet, "Novel diode-pumped infrared tunable laser system for multi-photon microscopy," Microsc. Res. Tech. 63, 23-26 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Chu, S. W.

Coen, S.

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and S. Coen, "Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber," Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 1135-1184 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Cormier, E.

Davis, D. M.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

De Silvestri, S.

Deguil, N.

N. Deguil, E. Mottay, F. Salin, P. Legros, and D. Choquet, "Novel diode-pumped infrared tunable laser system for multi-photon microscopy," Microsc. Res. Tech. 63, 23-26 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Dickinson, M. E.

M. E. Dickinson, E. Simbuerger, B. Zimmermann, C. W. Waters, and S. E. Fraser, "Multiphoton excitation spectra in biological samples," J. Biomed. Opt. 8, 329-338 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Dudley, J. M.

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and S. Coen, "Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber," Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 1135-1184 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Dudley, D. T. Reid, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibbett, "Characteristics of a noncritically phasematched Ti-sapphire pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 104, 419-430 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Dunsby, C.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Ebrahimzadeh, M.

J. M. Dudley, D. T. Reid, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibbett, "Characteristics of a noncritically phasematched Ti-sapphire pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 104, 419-430 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Ebrahim-Zadeh, M.

Eckardt, R. C.

Efimov, A.

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Elson, D. S.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Euser, T. G.

P. J. Harding, T. G. Euser, Y. R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. M. Gerard, and W. L. Vos, "Dynamical ultrafast all-optical switching of planar GaAs/AIAs photonic microcavities," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 111103 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fan, D.

T. Wang, H. Zhu, L. Qian, G. Xu, and D. Fan, " Tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier with weak CW seeding," Opt. Commun. 239, 397 - 401 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Fraser, S. E.

M. E. Dickinson, E. Simbuerger, B. Zimmermann, C. W. Waters, and S. E. Fraser, "Multiphoton excitation spectra in biological samples," J. Biomed. Opt. 8, 329-338 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

French, P. M. W.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Fu, Q.

Galletly, N.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Galun, E.

Q3. O. Gayer, Z. Sacks, E. Galun, and A. Arie, "Temperature and wavelength dependent refractive index equations for MgO-doped congruent and stoichiometric LiNbO3," Appl. Phys.B-Lasers Opt. 91, 343-348 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gasilov, S.

Gayer, O.

Q3. O. Gayer, Z. Sacks, E. Galun, and A. Arie, "Temperature and wavelength dependent refractive index equations for MgO-doped congruent and stoichiometric LiNbO3," Appl. Phys.B-Lasers Opt. 91, 343-348 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Genty, G.

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and S. Coen, "Supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fiber," Rev. Mod. Phys. 78, 1135-1184 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Gerard, J. M.

P. J. Harding, T. G. Euser, Y. R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. M. Gerard, and W. L. Vos, "Dynamical ultrafast all-optical switching of planar GaAs/AIAs photonic microcavities," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 111103 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ghotbi, M.

Harding, P. J.

P. J. Harding, T. G. Euser, Y. R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. M. Gerard, and W. L. Vos, "Dynamical ultrafast all-optical switching of planar GaAs/AIAs photonic microcavities," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 111103 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Huang, Y. C.

Ishii, H.

Ishii, N.

Kanai, T.

Keller, U.

U. Keller, "Recent developments in compact ultrafast lasers," Nature 424, 831-838 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Killi, A.

Knight, J. C.

J. M. Stone, and J. C. Knight, "Visibly "white" light generation in uniform photonic crystal fiber using a microchip laser," Opt. Express 16, 2670-2675 (2007).
[CrossRef]

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kobelke, J.

Kosuge, A.

Krausz, F.

Krupke, W. F.

Q1. W. F. Krupke, "Ytterbium solid-state lasers - The first decade," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 1287-1296 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Lanigan, P. M. P.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Legros, P.

N. Deguil, E. Mottay, F. Salin, P. Legros, and D. Choquet, "Novel diode-pumped infrared tunable laser system for multi-photon microscopy," Microsc. Res. Tech. 63, 23-26 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Liem, A.

Limpert, J.

Lin, S. T.

Lin, Y. Y.

Liu, T. M.

Lochbrunner, S.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, "Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Mak, G.

Marcinkevicius, A.

McCann, F.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

McGinty, J.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Morgner, U.

Mottay, E.

N. Deguil, E. Mottay, F. Salin, P. Legros, and D. Choquet, "Novel diode-pumped infrared tunable laser system for multi-photon microscopy," Microsc. Res. Tech. 63, 23-26 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Munro, I.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Neil, M. A. A.

C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Nesbitt, D. J.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, "Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nikolov, I.

Nisoli, M.

Noack, F.

Nowicki-Bringuier, Y. R.

P. J. Harding, T. G. Euser, Y. R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. M. Gerard, and W. L. Vos, "Dynamical ultrafast all-optical switching of planar GaAs/AIAs photonic microcavities," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 111103 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Omenetto, F. G.

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Onfelt, B.

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Ortac, B.

Palmer, G.

Pelouch, W. S.

Petrov, V.

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Qian, L.

T. Wang, H. Zhu, L. Qian, G. Xu, and D. Fan, " Tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier with weak CW seeding," Opt. Commun. 239, 397 - 401 (2004).
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W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
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J. M. Dudley, D. T. Reid, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibbett, "Characteristics of a noncritically phasematched Ti-sapphire pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 104, 419-430 (1994).
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C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
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Riedle, E.

C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, "Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 013107 (2008).
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Roser, F.

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Rothhard, J.

Russell, P. S.

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
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Schmidt, O.

Schreiber, T.

Q2. J. Limpert, F. Roser, T. Schreiber, and A. Tunnermann, "High-power ultrafast fiber laser systems," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 12, 233-244 (2006).
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C. Schriever, S. Lochbrunner, E. Riedle, and D. J. Nesbitt, "Ultrasensitive ultraviolet-visible 20 fs absorption spectroscopy of low vapor pressure molecules in the gas phase," Rev. Sci. Instrum. 79, 013107 (2008).
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J. M. Dudley, D. T. Reid, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and W. Sibbett, "Characteristics of a noncritically phasematched Ti-sapphire pumped femtosecond optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 104, 419-430 (1994).
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W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
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Stagira, S.

Steinmann, A.

Stone, J. M.

Sun, C. K.

Tang, C. L.

Tavella, F.

Taylor, A. J.

W. H. Reeves, D. V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J. C. Knight, P. S. Russell, F. G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A. J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515 (2003).
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C. Dunsby, P. M. P. Lanigan, J. McGinty, D. S. Elson, J. Requejo-Isidro, I. Munro, N. Galletly, F. McCann, B. Treanor, B. Onfelt, D. M. Davis, M. A. A. Neil, and P. M. W. French, "An electronically tunable ultrafast laser source applied to fluorescence imaging and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy," J. Phys. D-Appl. Phys. 37, 3296-3303 (2004).
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Tzankov, P.

Vandriel, H. M.

Vos, W. L.

P. J. Harding, T. G. Euser, Y. R. Nowicki-Bringuier, J. M. Gerard, and W. L. Vos, "Dynamical ultrafast all-optical switching of planar GaAs/AIAs photonic microcavities," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 111103 (2007).
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Wadsworth, W. J.

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T. Wang, H. Zhu, L. Qian, G. Xu, and D. Fan, " Tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier with weak CW seeding," Opt. Commun. 239, 397 - 401 (2004).
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Watanabe, S.

Waters, C. W.

M. E. Dickinson, E. Simbuerger, B. Zimmermann, C. W. Waters, and S. E. Fraser, "Multiphoton excitation spectra in biological samples," J. Biomed. Opt. 8, 329-338 (2003).
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T. Wang, H. Zhu, L. Qian, G. Xu, and D. Fan, " Tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier with weak CW seeding," Opt. Commun. 239, 397 - 401 (2004).
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Yang, S. T.

Zhu, H.

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M. E. Dickinson, E. Simbuerger, B. Zimmermann, C. W. Waters, and S. E. Fraser, "Multiphoton excitation spectra in biological samples," J. Biomed. Opt. 8, 329-338 (2003).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

SCOPA setup. DM: dichroic mirror; PCF: photonic crystal fiber; CM: cold mirror; TS: translational stage; MgO:PPLN: MgO-doped periodically poled lithium niobate; TC: temperature control.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a). A typical SCG spectrum after the PCF and (b) Broadband tunable spectra of SCOPA.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

The complete OPA signal and idler spectra of wavelength versus temperature with different MgO:PPLN grating periods at temperatures from 30 °C to 150 °C. The solid symbols are signals, while the hollow ones are idlers. The fitting curves were calculated from ref [25].

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

The dependency of OPA output power (black dots) and conversion efficiency (red line) on the green SHG pump power. Although saturation of the OPA conversion efficiency occurs when pump exceeds 350 mW as a result of pump depletion, the overall OPA power still increases with pump power, providing the power scaling potential.

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