Abstract

A broadly tunable picosecond singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on a Brewster-angled crystal of lithium triborate in a ring cavity is described. The optical parametric oscillator is synchronously pumped by an all-solid-state frequency-doubled additive-pulse mode-locked Nd:YLF laser pumped by laser diodes. Continuous noncritically phase-matched tuning is demonstrated from 839 to 1392 nm by use of one set of optics. The oscillator has a threshold of 47 mW of average pump power and, with a pump depletion of 70%, can deliver a tunable output of as high as 88 mW.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

1982 (1)

S. Guha, F.-J. Wu, J. Falk, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907 (1982).
[CrossRef]

1972 (1)

H. W. Kogelnik, E. P. Ippen, A. Dienes, C. V. Shank, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-8, 373 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Curley, P. F.

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[CrossRef]

Dienes, A.

H. W. Kogelnik, E. P. Ippen, A. Dienes, C. V. Shank, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-8, 373 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Ebrahimzadeh, M.

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Kean, P. N.

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[CrossRef]

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G. T. Maker, A. I. Ferguson, Opt. Commun. 76, 371 (1990).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

A. Robertson, G. P. A. Malcolm, M. Ebrahimzadeh, A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CPD15.

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Pieterse, J. W.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, J. W. Pieterse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CPD32.

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[CrossRef]

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A. Robertson, G. P. A. Malcolm, M. Ebrahimzadeh, A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CPD15.

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[CrossRef]

Sibbett, W.

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[CrossRef]

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Tang, C. L.

D. C. Edelstein, E. S. Wachman, C. L. Tang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 1728 (1989).
[CrossRef]

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A. Piskarskas, V. J. Smil’gyavichyus, A. Umbrasas, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 155 (1988).
[CrossRef]

van Driel, H. M.

G. Mak, Q. Fu, H. M. van Driel, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 542 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Q. Fu, G. Mak, H. M. van Driel, Opt. Lett. 17, 1006 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wachman, E. S.

D. C. Edelstein, E. S. Wachman, C. L. Tang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 1728 (1989).
[CrossRef]

Watts, M. L.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, J. W. Pieterse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CPD32.

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S. Guha, F.-J. Wu, J. Falk, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

D. C. Edelstein, E. S. Wachman, C. L. Tang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 54, 1728 (1989).
[CrossRef]

G. Mak, Q. Fu, H. M. van Driel, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 542 (1992).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

H. W. Kogelnik, E. P. Ippen, A. Dienes, C. V. Shank, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-8, 373 (1972).
[CrossRef]

S. Guha, F.-J. Wu, J. Falk, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 907 (1982).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

G. T. Maker, A. I. Ferguson, Opt. Commun. 76, 371 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Sov. J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. Piskarskas, V. J. Smil’gyavichyus, A. Umbrasas, Sov. J. Quantum Electron. 18, 155 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

A. Robertson, G. P. A. Malcolm, M. Ebrahimzadeh, A. I. Ferguson, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 12 of 1992 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1992), paper CPD15.

J. D. Kafka, M. L. Watts, J. W. Pieterse, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1993 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1993), paper CPD32.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the synchronously pumped LBO OPO in a ring configuration. APM, additive-pulse mode-locked; PZT, piezoelectric transducer.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Variation of average idler power (squares) and pump depletion (stars) as a function of power into the LBO crystal (measured at 1260 nm).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Typical background-free autocorrelation trace of the idler measured at 1260 nm. The FWHM is 1.8 ps if a sech2 pulse shape is assumed.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Normalized spectra for the idler as the OPO was tuned from 1240 to 1320 nm. The corresponding change in crystal temperature was 165 to 156 °C.

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