Abstract

We report the generation of 200-nm-bandwidth mid-infrared pulses at 3.5-µm from an optical parametric oscillator incorporating a 25-mm MgO:PPLN crystal and synchronously-pumped by chirped pulses from a fiber-amplified Yb:KYW laser. A long nonlinear crystal permits efficient transfer of the pump bandwidth into the idler pulses, achieves exceptional passive stability and enables pumping using chirped pulses directly from a fiber-amplifier, avoiding the need to use lossy pulse-compression optics.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Phase-matching map for a 25-mm MgO:PPLN crystal at 40°C with a 30-µm grating period. The color scale is linear with sinc2kL/2) and the map was calculated using the Sellmeier data of [7]. The solid white lines are sections along the dashed lines. (b) Group delay variation with wavelength in a 25-mm long MgO:PPLN crystal. Experimental pump, signal and idler wavelengths are indicated, showing near-perfect group-velocity matching of the pump and idler pulses, with a transit-time difference of < 500 fs after 25 mm propagation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the OPO pump source. HWP, half-waveplate; L, lens; ISO, isolator.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Spectrum. and (b) IAC of the pump pulses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

OPO layout: HWP, half-wave plate: ISO, isolator; L, lens. See text for other definitions.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(a) The output signal/idler power; (b) residual pump power exiting from the OPO; (c) spectra of the undepleted and depleted (dashed line) pump pulses at maximum pump power.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

(a) Measured signal spectrum, and (b) corresponding interferometric autocorrelation. (c) Measured idler spectrum, and (d) corresponding interferometric autocorrelation.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Left axis: RIN of the pump laser (green) and OPO signal output (black). Right axis: the cumulative power fluctuations of the pump laser (green) and OPO signal output (black).

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