Abstract

A singly resonant optical parametric oscillator is demonstrated that uses a β-barium borate crystal and is synchronously pumped by microsecond pulse trains of a Nd:glass laser (0.8 psec, 527 nm). Broadly tunable pulses are generated in the wavelength range 0.7–1.8 μm with a duration of 160–260 fsec and an energy conversion of ∼3%. Steep pulse wings are observed, with a 1/e decay time of ≃90 fsec. Under special conditions, parametric pulses as short as 65 ± 7 fsec are obtained.

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