Abstract

We study second-harmonic generation of picosecond pulses in bulk periodically poled lithium niobate using an all-semiconductor master oscillator–power amplifier with gain-switched seed as our fundamental source. Both during amplification and during the subsequent second-harmonic generation, the signal pulse shape improves, and the resulting pulses at 531nm are nearly independent of the seed pump conditions. Over a wide range of repetition rates and seed settings, we obtain green pulses with a duration of less than 31ps FWHM and a peak power of more than 5.1W. We further investigate the influence of the fundamental’s spectral dynamics on pulsed second-harmonic generation efficiency and obtain excellent agreement between our measurements and previously published theoretical treatments.

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