Abstract

Picosecond pulses, tunable in the wavelength range of 1.2–4.5 μm, are generated at a 100-MHz repetition rate in KTiOPO4 by difference-frequency mixing the output of a synchronously mode-locked dye laser and a Nd:YLF laser that pumps the dye laser. The typical average infrared output power is in the milliwatt range, which represents an improvement of several orders of magnitude over previously reported results using other nonlinear materials in a tunability make it an attractive alternative for mode-locked color-center lasers.

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1989 (2)

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, A. A. Ballman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 783 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6, 622 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1988 (2)

H. Vanherzeele, Appl. Opt. 27, 3608 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Vanherzeele, J. D. Bierlein, F. C. Zumsteg, Appl Opt. 27, 3314 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1987 (1)

A. Mokhtari, L. Fini, J. Chesnoy, Opt. Commun. 61, 421 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1984 (2)

D. Cotter, K. I. White, Opt. Commun. 49, 205 (1984).
[CrossRef]

L. Reekie, I. S. Ruddock, R. Illingworth, Opt. Quantum Electron. 8, 169 (1984).

1976 (1)

F. C. Zumsteg, J. D. Bierlein, T. E. Gier, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 4980 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Aumiller, G. D.

A. G. Yodh, H. W. K. Tom, G. D. Aumiller, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper THX5.

Ballman, A. A.

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, A. A. Ballman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 783 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Bierlein, J. D.

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, A. A. Ballman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 783 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6, 622 (1989).
[CrossRef]

H. Vanherzeele, J. D. Bierlein, F. C. Zumsteg, Appl Opt. 27, 3314 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. C. Zumsteg, J. D. Bierlein, T. E. Gier, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 4980 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Chesnoy, J.

A. Mokhtari, L. Fini, J. Chesnoy, Opt. Commun. 61, 421 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Cotter, D.

D. Cotter, K. I. White, Opt. Commun. 49, 205 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Fini, L.

A. Mokhtari, L. Fini, J. Chesnoy, Opt. Commun. 61, 421 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Gier, T. E.

F. C. Zumsteg, J. D. Bierlein, T. E. Gier, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 4980 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Illingworth, R.

L. Reekie, I. S. Ruddock, R. Illingworth, Opt. Quantum Electron. 8, 169 (1984).

Mokhtari, A.

A. Mokhtari, L. Fini, J. Chesnoy, Opt. Commun. 61, 421 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Reekie, L.

L. Reekie, I. S. Ruddock, R. Illingworth, Opt. Quantum Electron. 8, 169 (1984).

Ruddock, I. S.

L. Reekie, I. S. Ruddock, R. Illingworth, Opt. Quantum Electron. 8, 169 (1984).

Tom, H. W. K.

A. G. Yodh, H. W. K. Tom, G. D. Aumiller, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper THX5.

Vanherzeele, H.

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6, 622 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, A. A. Ballman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 783 (1989).
[CrossRef]

H. Vanherzeele, Appl. Opt. 27, 3608 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Vanherzeele, J. D. Bierlein, F. C. Zumsteg, Appl Opt. 27, 3314 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Vanherzeele, in Digest of Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper TuN3.

H. Vanherzeele, “Recent advances in the generation of picosecond tunable infrared radiation,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (to be published).

White, K. I.

D. Cotter, K. I. White, Opt. Commun. 49, 205 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Yodh, A. G.

A. G. Yodh, H. W. K. Tom, G. D. Aumiller, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper THX5.

Zumsteg, F. C.

H. Vanherzeele, J. D. Bierlein, F. C. Zumsteg, Appl Opt. 27, 3314 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. C. Zumsteg, J. D. Bierlein, T. E. Gier, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 4980 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Appl Opt. (1)

H. Vanherzeele, J. D. Bierlein, F. C. Zumsteg, Appl Opt. 27, 3314 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

J. D. Bierlein, H. Vanherzeele, A. A. Ballman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 783 (1989).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

F. C. Zumsteg, J. D. Bierlein, T. E. Gier, J. Appl. Phys. 47, 4980 (1976).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (2)

D. Cotter, K. I. White, Opt. Commun. 49, 205 (1984).
[CrossRef]

A. Mokhtari, L. Fini, J. Chesnoy, Opt. Commun. 61, 421 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

L. Reekie, I. S. Ruddock, R. Illingworth, Opt. Quantum Electron. 8, 169 (1984).

Other (3)

A. G. Yodh, H. W. K. Tom, G. D. Aumiller, in Digest of Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper THX5.

H. Vanherzeele, “Recent advances in the generation of picosecond tunable infrared radiation,” Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Instrum. Eng. (to be published).

H. Vanherzeele, in Digest of Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1988), paper TuN3.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Type II phase-matching curves for difference-frequency mixing in KTP for collinear propagation in the xz plane. The circles represent the experimental data.

Fig 2
Fig 2

Group-velocity mismatch between the dye-laser pulse and the IR pulse in KTP as a function of wavelength for both phase-matching schemes shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Type II phase-matching curve for IR upconversion with the dye laser for collinear propagation in the xz plane. The upper curve represents the dye-laser signal, and the lower curve represents the upconverted signal by sum-frequency mixing the dye and IR wavelengths shown in Fig. 1. The circles represent the experimental data.

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P 3 = 16 π d eff 2 l 2 P 1 P 2 0 c λ 3 2 n 1 n 2 n 3 ( w 1 2 + w 2 2 ) ,
Δ t l [ ( k / ω ) 3 ( k / ω ) 2 ] .

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