Abstract

An intracavity critically phase-matched optical parametric oscillator (OPO) was demonstrated with a LiNbO3 crystal placed inside the resonator of a diode side-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The OPO acted as a singly resonating cavity on the signal with a threshold below 10 MW/cm2. Output energy as high as 640 μJ was observed at the idler wavelength of 3.7 μm, which corresponds to a conversion efficiency of 1.8% from diode light to idler light. Tunability over the wavelength range 3.3–4.15 μm was obtained by rotation of the LiNbO3 crystal.

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1971

J. Falk, J. M. Yarborough, E. O. AmmannIEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 359 (1971).
[CrossRef]

1970

E. O. Ammann, J. M. Yarborough, M. K. Oshman, P. C. MontgomeryAppl. Phys. Lett. 16, 309 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Ammann, E. O.

J. Falk, J. M. Yarborough, E. O. AmmannIEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 359 (1971).
[CrossRef]

E. O. Ammann, J. M. Yarborough, M. K. Oshman, P. C. MontgomeryAppl. Phys. Lett. 16, 309 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Burnham, L.

Burnham, R.

L. R. Marshall, A. Kaz, R. Burnhamin Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CThK7.

Debuisschert, T.

T. Debuisschert, J. Raffy, J. P. Pocholle, M. Papuchonin Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 158.

Englander, A.

A. Englander, R. LaviAdvanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 163.

Falk, J.

J. Falk, J. M. Yarborough, E. O. AmmannIEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 359 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Geiger, A. R.

N. S. Prasad, A. R. Geigerin Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CTuI28.

Kaz, A.

L. R. Marshall, A. Kaz, L. BurnhamOpt. Lett. 17, 186 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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A. Englander, R. LaviAdvanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 163.

Marshall, L. R.

L. R. Marshall, A. Kaz, L. BurnhamOpt. Lett. 17, 186 (1992).
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[CrossRef]

Oshman, M. K.

E. O. Ammann, J. M. Yarborough, M. K. Oshman, P. C. MontgomeryAppl. Phys. Lett. 16, 309 (1970).
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Papuchon, M.

T. Debuisschert, J. Raffy, J. P. Pocholle, M. Papuchonin Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 158.

Pocholle, J. P.

T. Debuisschert, J. Raffy, J. P. Pocholle, M. Papuchonin Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 158.

Prasad, N. S.

N. S. Prasad, A. R. Geigerin Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CTuI28.

Raffy, J.

T. Debuisschert, J. Raffy, J. P. Pocholle, M. Papuchonin Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 158.

Yarborough, J. M.

J. Falk, J. M. Yarborough, E. O. AmmannIEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 359 (1971).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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J. Falk, J. M. Yarborough, E. O. AmmannIEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 359 (1971).
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Opt. Lett.

Other

T. Debuisschert, J. Raffy, J. P. Pocholle, M. Papuchonin Advanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 158.

A. Englander, R. LaviAdvanced Solid-State Lasers, Vol. 24 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), p. 163.

L. R. Marshall, A. Kaz, R. Burnhamin Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CThK7.

N. S. Prasad, A. R. Geigerin Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 15 of 1995 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1995), paper CTuI28.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic setup of the intracavity OPO. NL, nonlinear.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Nd:YAG output energy (filled circles) and light-to-light conversion efficiency (filled triangles). Pump duration 100 μs.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Idler output energies and conversion efficiencies (inset) from diode light to idler light for different output couplers. Filled squares, output coupler with R = 99% at signal wavelength and T = 70% at idler wavelength; open circles, output coupler with R = 90% at signal wavelength and T = 90% at idler wavelength.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Temporal behavior of the undepleted, depleted, and signal pulses at a diode energy of 23.25 mJ.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Tuning range of the OPO obtained by angle tuning the LiNbO3 crystal.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Idler (filled squares) and bare laser (open circles) output versus repetition rate. The pump energy was 32 mJ.

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