Abstract

A synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (SP-OPO) is one of the most common techniques to generate femtosecond frequency combs in the mid-infrared region. Stable long-term operation of an SP-OPO requires active locking of the OPO resonator round-trip time to the pump pulse interval. A simple modulation-free locking method based on stabilization of narrow-band frequency-doubled power of the SP-OPO output comb is demonstrated in this Letter. The method relies on the strong dependency of frequency-doubled power on spectral shape of the comb, leading to better stability of the comb envelope spectrum than the commonly used dither-and-lock method.

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