Abstract

We report on what is believed to be the first singly resonant cw optical parametric oscillator (SRO) that is directly pumped by a diode laser. The SRO consists of a 38-mm-long periodically poled LiNbO3 crystal in a four-mirror signal-resonant ring cavity. Pumped by 2.5 W of 925-nm diode-laser radiation, the SRO generates 480 mW of single-frequency idler radiation at 2.1 µm. The wavelengths of the signal and the idler output are tuned in the ranges of 1.55 to 1.70 µm and 2.03 to 2.29 µm, respectively, by tuning the wavelength of the diode laser from 924.0 to 925.4 nm.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the diode-pumped SRO. The diode-laser MOPA generates pump radiation at 925 nm with a power of 2.5 W. The SRO consists of a four-mirror signal resonant ring cavity and a 38-mm-long PPLN crystal. PZT, piezoelectric transducer; see text for other definitions.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Dependence of the power of the idler wave on the 925-nm pump power. The QPM domain period is Λ=26.0 µm, the crystal temperature T=178.5 C°, and the corresponding idler wavelength is 2.1 µm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Dependence of the idler output power on the idler wavelength for a pump power of 2.5 W. The maximum output power of almost 500 mW is achieved in the range of 2.1 to 2.2 µm and thus over a considerable part of the OPO tuning range.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Dependence of the signal and idler wavelengths of the OPO on the wavelength of the diode laser measured for a QPM domain period of Λ=26.0 µm and a crystal temperature of T=175.8 C°. The experimental data (squares) are in good agreement with the values calculated by the Sellmeier equations for a temperature offset of 18 K.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

A, dependence of the power of the OPO signal radiation on the OPO cavity length; B, simultaneously recorded power of the signal radiation transmitted by a low-finesse plane Fabry–Perot interferometer with a FSR of 790 MHz; C, signal radiation analyzed by a high-finesse confocal Fabry–Perot interferometer (FSR, 750 MHz). For further details see text.

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