Abstract

We report on an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is synchronously pumped directly by a diode laser. This laser is an actively mode-locked master-oscillator power-amplifier system that produces 20-ps pulses at 927 nm with a repetition rate of 2.5 GHz and an average power of 0.9 W. The OPO, which is a singly resonant device based on periodically poled lithium niobate, generates 7.8-ps pulses. The OPO threshold is 300 mW of average pump power, and the maximum average idler output power is 78 mW at a wavelength of 2100 nm. By changing the crystal temperature we can wavelength tune the output in the ranges 1530–1737 nm (signal) and 1986–2348 nm (idler). Rapid wavelength tuning of the OPO over 46 nm (signal) and 74 nm (idler) is achieved through tuning the cavity length over 28 µm by use of a piezoelectric transducer.

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L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
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C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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L. Goldberg and D. Mehuys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 522 (1994).
[CrossRef]

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
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M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, and E. J. Kim, Proc. SPIE 1148, 213 (1989).
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Aus der Au, J.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Avramopoulos, H.

Beigang, R.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Bowers, J.

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Fallnich, C.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fejer, M. M.

M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, and E. J. Kim, Proc. SPIE 1148, 213 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Ferguson, A. I.

Goldberg, L.

L. Goldberg and D. Mehuys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 522 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Helkey, R.

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Herrmann, Th.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Hönninger, C.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Jundt, D.

Keller, U.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

K. J. Weingarten, D. D. Shannon, R. W. Wallace, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 15, 962 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, and E. J. Kim, Proc. SPIE 1148, 213 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Kopf, D.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Krainer, L.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Magel, G. A.

M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, and E. J. Kim, Proc. SPIE 1148, 213 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Mehuys, D.

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

L. Goldberg and D. Mehuys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 522 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Moser, M.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Nebel, A.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Paschotta, R.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ruffing, B.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Shannon, D. D.

Sizer, T.

Spühler, G. J.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Walker, S. J.

Wallace, R. W.

Wallenstein, R.

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Weingarten, K. J.

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

K. J. Weingarten, D. D. Shannon, R. W. Wallace, and U. Keller, Opt. Lett. 15, 962 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Welch, D.

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Zhou, F.

Appl. Phys. B (2)

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, J. Aus der Au, C. Hönninger, U. Keller, M. Moser, D. Kopf, and K. J. Weingarten, Appl. Phys. B 69, 245 (1999).
[CrossRef]

C. Fallnich, B. Ruffing, Th. Herrmann, A. Nebel, R. Beigang, and R. Wallenstein, Appl. Phys. B 60, 427 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

L. Goldberg and D. Mehuys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 522 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

L. Krainer, R. Paschotta, G. J. Spühler, M. Moser, and U. Keller, Electron. Lett. 35, 1160 (1999).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

A. Mar, R. Helkey, J. Bowers, D. Mehuys, and D. Welch, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 1067 (1994).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Lett. (4)

Proc. SPIE (1)

M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, and E. J. Kim, Proc. SPIE 1148, 213 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of an OPO that is synchronously pumped by a diode laser system. The diode master-oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) generates 20-ps pulses with an average power as great as 1 W at 927 nm. The OPO consists of a four-mirror signal resonant ring cavity and a 38-mm-long PPLN crystal. PZT, piezoelectric transducer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Average power of the idler wave depending on 927-nm pump power. The quasi-phase-matching domain period is Λ=26.2 µm, the crystal temperature is T=151.4 °C, and the corresponding idler wavelength is 2080 nm.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Tuning of the OPO signal and idler wavelengths depending on crystal temperature. The pump wavelength is 927 nm, and the quasi-phase-matching domain period is Λ=26.2 µm. The experimental data (squares) are in good agreement with the values calculated by use of the Sellmeier equations (see text) for a temperature offset of 18.5 K.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Top trace, pump pulses from the diode laser master-oscillator power amplifier as measured with a fast InGaAs photodiode and displayed on a sampling oscilloscope. The pulses are 0.4 ns apart. Bottom, corresponding signal pulses from the synchronously pumped OPO measured at mirror M3.

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