Abstract

We report a stable, high-power, mid-infrared synchronously-pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) based on MgO:sPPLT, pumped by a 1064 nm, picosecond Yb-fiber laser operating at a repetition rate of 81.1 MHz. The singly resonant SPOPO is tunable over 1531-1642 nm (111 nm) in the near-infrared signal and 3022-3488 nm (466 nm) in the mid-infrared idler, providing a total tuning range of 577 nm. Careful optimization of output coupling results in a signal output power as high as 4.3 W at 1593 nm and a mid-infrared idler power of 2 W at 3204 nm for 13.4 W of pump power at a total extraction efficiency of 47%. The SPOPO can be operated near room temperature, down to 30 °C, and exhibits passive peak-to-peak power stability better than 8.6% at 1568 nm (signal) and 8.2% at 3310 nm (idler) over 13 hours at full power. The output signal pulses have duration of 17.5 ps, with a FWHM spectral bandwidth of 1.4 nm centered at 1568 nm.

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C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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1971 (1)

J. E. Bjorkholm, “Some effects of spatially nonuniform pumping in pulsed optical parametric oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7(3), 109–118 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Aus der Au, J.

Baron, A.

Bhupathiraju, K. V.

K. V. Bhupathiraju, J. D. Rowley, and F. Ganikhanov, “Efficient picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium tantalate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(8), 081111 (2009).
[CrossRef]

K. V. Bhupathiraju, A. D. Seymour, and F. Ganikhanov, “Femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystal,” Opt. Lett. 34(14), 2093–2095 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bjorkholm, J. E.

J. E. Bjorkholm, “Some effects of spatially nonuniform pumping in pulsed optical parametric oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7(3), 109–118 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Blau, P.

Broderick, N. G. R.

Bruner, A.

Brunner, F.

Chaitanya Kumar, S.

Combrié, S.

Das, R.

S. Chaitanya Kumar, R. Das, G. K. Samanta, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Optimally-output-coupled, 17.5 W, fiber-laser-pumped continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator,” Appl. Phys. B 102(1), 31–35 (2011).
[CrossRef]

de Rossi, A.

Delaye, P.

Devi, K.

Dubreuil, N.

Ebrahim-Zadeh, M.

Eger, D.

Esteban-Martin, A.

Freudiger, C. W.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Frey, R.

Furukawa, Y.

Ganikhanov, F.

Hanna, D. C.

Hatanaka, T.

He, C.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Holtom, G. R.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Innerhofer, E.

Ishizuki, H.

Ito, H.

Kang, J. X.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Katz, M.

Keller, U.

Kitamura, K.

Kokabee, O.

Kornaszewski, L.

Kumar, S. C.

Kurimura, S.

Lamour, T. P.

Lefort, L.

Lu, S.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Malinowski, A.

Min, W.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nakamura, K.

Nilsson, J.

O’Connor, M. V.

Oron, M. B.

Paschotta, R.

Price, J. H. V.

Reid, D. T.

Richardson, D. J.

Roosen, G.

Ross, G. W.

Rowley, J. D.

J. D. Rowley, S. Yang, and F. Ganikhanov, “Power and tuning characteristics of a broadly tunable femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28(5), 1026–1036 (2011).
[CrossRef]

K. V. Bhupathiraju, J. D. Rowley, and F. Ganikhanov, “Efficient picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium tantalate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(8), 081111 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Ruschin, S.

Ryasnyanskiy, A.

Saar, B. G.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Samanta, G. K.

Seymour, A. D.

Shepherd, D. P.

Smith, P. G. R.

Südmeyer, T.

Sun, J. H.

Taira, T.

Taniuchi, T.

Tsai, J. C.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Usami, T.

Vy Tran, Q.

Watson, M. A.

Xie, X. S.

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yang, S.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

S. Chaitanya Kumar, R. Das, G. K. Samanta, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Optimally-output-coupled, 17.5 W, fiber-laser-pumped continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator,” Appl. Phys. B 102(1), 31–35 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

K. V. Bhupathiraju, J. D. Rowley, and F. Ganikhanov, “Efficient picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium tantalate,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 95(8), 081111 (2009).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

J. E. Bjorkholm, “Some effects of spatially nonuniform pumping in pulsed optical parametric oscillators,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7(3), 109–118 (1971).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Opt. Express (4)

Opt. Lett. (11)

K. V. Bhupathiraju, A. D. Seymour, and F. Ganikhanov, “Femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystal,” Opt. Lett. 34(14), 2093–2095 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Hatanaka, K. Nakamura, T. Taniuchi, H. Ito, Y. Furukawa, and K. Kitamura, “Quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillation with periodically poled stoichiometric LiTaO3,” Opt. Lett. 25(9), 651–653 (2000).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Südmeyer, J. Aus der Au, R. Paschotta, U. Keller, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, “Femtosecond fiber-feedback optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 26(5), 304–306 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. V. O’Connor, M. A. Watson, D. P. Shepherd, D. C. Hanna, J. H. V. Price, A. Malinowski, J. Nilsson, N. G. R. Broderick, D. J. Richardson, and L. Lefort, “Synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator driven by a femtosecond mode-locked fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 27(12), 1052–1054 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Bruner, D. Eger, M. B. Oron, P. Blau, M. Katz, and S. Ruschin, “Temperature-dependent Sellmeier equation for the refractive index of stoichiometric lithium tantalate,” Opt. Lett. 28(3), 194–196 (2003).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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(10), 1111–1113 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Esteban-Martin, O. Kokabee, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Optimum output coupling in optical oscillators using an antiresonant ring interferometer,” Opt. Lett. 35(16), 2786–2788 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

O. Kokabee, A. Esteban-Martin, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Efficient, high-power, ytterbium-fiber-laser-pumped picosecond optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 35(19), 3210–3212 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. K. Samanta, S. C. Kumar, K. Devi, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Multicrystal, continuous-wave, single-pass second-harmonic generation with 56% efficiency,” Opt. Lett. 35(20), 3513–3515 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Chaitanya Kumar, A. Esteban-Martin, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “Interferometric output coupling of ring optical oscillators,” Opt. Lett. 36(7), 1068–1070 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Chaitanya Kumar and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “High-power, continuous-wave, mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:sPPLT,” Opt. Lett. 36(13), 2578–2580 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Science (1)

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, “Label-free biomedical imaging with high sensitivity by stimulated Raman scattering microscopy,” Science 322(5909), 1857–1861 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Variation of (a) signal power together with transmission of different OCs, (b) idler power and pump depletion across the tuning range of MgO:sPPLT SPOPO.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Variation of signal and (Inset) idler power from the picosecond MgO:sPPLT SPOPO as a function of output coupling for Λ = 30.65 µm. (b) Power scaling of the SPOPO at an optimum output coupling of ~47%. Inset: Power scaling in the absence of signal output coupling.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Power scaling of picosecond MgO:sPPLT SPOPO using the Λ = 30.15 µm grating, with an output coupling of ~10%.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Long-term power stability of the signal and idler from the picosecond MgO:sPPLT SPOPO at T = 30 °C. (b) Interferometric autocorrelation of the output signal pulses from the picosecond MgO:sPPLT SPOPO, and Inset: corresponding signal spectrum centered at 1568 nm.

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