Abstract

Continuous mode-locked operation of a singly resonant, synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) based on CdSe has produced idler output tuned over the range of 9.19.7 µm, the longest wavelength generated so far to our knowledge from a SPOPO. Average idler powers as high as 70 mW are generated in the crystal. Tandem pumping with a diffraction-grating-tuned parametric oscillator in periodically poled lithium niobate provides a convenient and agile means of tuning the noncritically phase-matched CdSe device. The absence of any detrimental thermal effects in the CdSe crystal suggests that significant further power scaling should be possible, with idler tuning ranges extendable to cover 812 µm.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

M. Ebrahimzadeh, P. J. Phillips, and S. Das, Appl. Phys. B 72, 793 (2001).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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

K. Puech, L. Lefort, and D. C. Hanna, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1533 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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

J. Phys. D (1)

D. C. Hanna, M. V. O'Connor, M. A. Watson, and D. P. Shepherd, J. Phys. D 34, 2440 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

L. Lefort, K. Puech, S. D. Butterworth, G. W. Ross, P. G. R. Smith, D. C. Hanna, and D. H. Jundt, Opt. Commun. 152, 55 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (1)

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Noncritical θ=90° type II phase-matching curves in CdSe for pump wavelength tuning. The pump wavelength range is limited at the long end to the signal range from the pump OPO and at the short end by twice the bandgap wavelength, where two-photon absorption would become significant. Inset, diamonds indicate experimental idler tuning points.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic of the tandem SPOPO configuration with diffraction-grating tuning of the PPLN OPO and a ring-cavity CdSe OPO.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average threshold pump power for the CdSe SPOPO (resonator mirror loss of 5%) as a function of idler wavelength.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Typical idler spectrum (FWHM bandwidth of 26 nm).

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