Abstract

A new coupled-cavity design for single-longitudinal-mode operation of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is presented. The OPO is based on a β-BaB2O4 crystal and is pumped by the third harmonic of a Nd:YAG laser. With this design, we achieved single-longitudinal-mode operation of the OPO with a decrease in the threshold and an increase in external efficiency compared with those of a conventional grazing-incidence OPO. A mathematical model that describes the mode spacings for this cavity is given.

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1995 (1)

1993 (2)

G. Robertson, A. Henderson, M. H. Dunn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 123 (1993).
[CrossRef]

W. R. Bosenberg, D. R. Guyer, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1716 (1993).
[CrossRef]

1987 (1)

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

1972 (2)

J. Pinard, J. F. Young, Opt. Commun. 4, 425 (1972).
[CrossRef]

P. W. Smith, Proc. IEEE 60, 422 (1972).
[CrossRef]

1965 (1)

P. W. Smith, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-1, 343 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Boon-Engering, J. M.

J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, J. W. Gerritsen, W. Hogervorst, Opt. Lett. 20, 380 (1995); A. Fix, T. Schröder, R. Wallenstein, J. G. Haub, M. J. Johnson, B. J. Orr, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1744 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

Bosenberg, W. R.

Dmitriev, V. G.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, D. N. Nikogosyan, in Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals, A. E. Siegman, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1991), Vol. 64, p. 181, and references therein.

Dunn, M. H.

G. Robertson, A. Henderson, M. H. Dunn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 123 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Gerritsen, J. W.

Gloster, L. A. W.

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

Gurzadyan, G. G.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, D. N. Nikogosyan, in Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals, A. E. Siegman, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1991), Vol. 64, p. 181, and references therein.

Guyer, D. R.

Henderson, A.

G. Robertson, A. Henderson, M. H. Dunn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 123 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Hogervorst, W.

J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, J. W. Gerritsen, W. Hogervorst, Opt. Lett. 20, 380 (1995); A. Fix, T. Schröder, R. Wallenstein, J. G. Haub, M. J. Johnson, B. J. Orr, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1744 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

Jiang, Z. X.

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

King, T. A.

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

McKinnie, I. T.

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

Nikogosyan, D. N.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, D. N. Nikogosyan, in Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals, A. E. Siegman, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1991), Vol. 64, p. 181, and references therein.

Olesen, H.

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Pan, X.

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Pinard, J.

J. Pinard, J. F. Young, Opt. Commun. 4, 425 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Robertson, G.

G. Robertson, A. Henderson, M. H. Dunn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 123 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Saito, S.

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Siegman, A. E.

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science, Mill Valley, Calif., 1986), pp. 524–531.

Smith, P. W.

P. W. Smith, Proc. IEEE 60, 422 (1972).
[CrossRef]

P. W. Smith, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-1, 343 (1965).
[CrossRef]

Tromborg, B.

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

van der Veer, W. E.

J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, J. W. Gerritsen, W. Hogervorst, Opt. Lett. 20, 380 (1995); A. Fix, T. Schröder, R. Wallenstein, J. G. Haub, M. J. Johnson, B. J. Orr, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 1744 (1993).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

Young, J. F.

J. Pinard, J. F. Young, Opt. Commun. 4, 425 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

G. Robertson, A. Henderson, M. H. Dunn, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 123 (1993).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

P. W. Smith, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-1, 343 (1965).
[CrossRef]

B. Tromborg, H. Olesen, X. Pan, S. Saito, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-23, 1875 (1987).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. Pinard, J. F. Young, Opt. Commun. 4, 425 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. IEEE (1)

P. W. Smith, Proc. IEEE 60, 422 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, D. N. Nikogosyan, in Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals, A. E. Siegman, ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1991), Vol. 64, p. 181, and references therein.

L. A. W. Gloster, I. T. McKinnie, Z. X. Jiang, T. A. King, J. M. Boon-Engering, W. E. van der Veer, W. Hogervorst, “Narrow-band β-BaB2O4 optical parametric oscillator in a grazing-incidence configuration,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (to be published).

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science, Mill Valley, Calif., 1986), pp. 524–531.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the OPO. The OPO is pumped with 355-nm light from a Nd:YAG laser. Its beam size is reduced by a factor of 2 by a telescope. The Michelson-mirror part of the cavity is shown. The grating angle α is indicated.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Linewidth and mode analysis of the OPO signal output at 610 nm recorded with an étalon with a free spectral range of ~10 GHz (étalon B of the pulsed laser spectrum analyzer). SLM operation is shown, for a grating angle of 88.6°.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Longitudinal-mode selection with a Michelson-mirror cavity containing the two coupled cavities M1M3 (linear cavity) and M1M4.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Upper part: Solution of resonance condition (1) for the specific case mentioned in the text as a function of mode spacing ν. The dashed and the solid curves correspond to the right and the left parts of resonance condition (1), respectively. The filled circles represent the solutions with positive gain. Lower part: The losses (L) for the solutions with positive gain as a function of ν.

Equations (2)

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- τ 2 2 ρ 3 ρ 2 2 ρ 4 sin 4 π ν c ( L 1 + L 2 ) = sin 4 π ν c ( L 1 + L 3 ) ,
L = 1 - ρ 1 2 [ τ 2 4 ρ 3 2 + ρ 2 4 ρ 4 2 + 2 τ 2 2 ρ 2 2 ρ 3 ρ 4 × cos 4 π ν c ( L 2 - L 3 ) ] .

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