Abstract

A quasi-cw diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser, mode locked by a nonlinear mirror and stabilized by an acousto-optic modulator, has been developed that generates 31-ps, 23-µJ pulses. Employing this source with a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal in a traveling-wave geometry, we obtained extracavity frequency conversion with pump depletion of as much as 62% in the near infrared (1.46–1.56 µm) with a pulse spectral width of 1.5  nm and a beam quality M2=1.7.

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1997 (1)

1995 (2)

1994 (1)

K. Kato, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2950 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1992 (2)

R. De Salvo, D. J. Hagan, M. Sheik-Bahae, G. Stegeman, E. W. Van Stryland, and H. Vanherzeele, Opt. Lett. 17, 28 (1992).
[CrossRef]

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2203 (1991).
[CrossRef]

1988 (1)

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. B 45, 191 (1988).
[CrossRef]

1984 (1)

G. J. Edwards and M. Lawrence, Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 373 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Bosenberg, W. R.

Burnham, R.

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

L. E. Myers, G. D. Miller, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, and W. R. Bosenberg, Opt. Lett. 20, 52 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. L. Byer, “Optical parametric oscillators,” in Quantum Electronics: A Treatise, H. Rabin and C. L. Tang, eds. (Academic, New York, 1975), pp. 587–702.

De Salvo, R.

Eckardt, R. C.

Edwards, G. J.

G. J. Edwards and M. Lawrence, Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 373 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Fejer, M. M.

Flood, C. L.

Greiner, U. J.

Hagan, D. J.

Hayes, A.

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kasinski, J. J.

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Kato, K.

K. Kato, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2950 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Klingenberg, H. H.

Lawrence, M.

G. J. Edwards and M. Lawrence, Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 373 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Marshall, L. R.

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Miller, G. D.

Myers, L. E.

Sheik-Bahae, M.

Stankov, K. A.

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2203 (1991).
[CrossRef]

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. B 45, 191 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Stegeman, G.

van Driel, H. M.

Van Stryland, E. W.

Vanherzeele, H.

Walker, D. R.

Appl. Phys. B (1)

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. B 45, 191 (1988).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

K. A. Stankov, Appl. Phys. Lett. 58, 2203 (1991).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

A. Hayes, L. R. Marshall, J. J. Kasinski, and R. Burnham, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 1021 (1992).
[CrossRef]

K. Kato, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 30, 2950 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. J. Edwards and M. Lawrence, Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 373 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

R. L. Byer, “Optical parametric oscillators,” in Quantum Electronics: A Treatise, H. Rabin and C. L. Tang, eds. (Academic, New York, 1975), pp. 587–702.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Layout of the mode-locked laser: DA, quasi-cw diode array; AOM, acousto-optic modulator; M1, high reflectivity flat mirror; M2, dichroic output coupler; L1, L2, telescope lenses (250- and 100-mm focal lengths, respectively).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Pump pulse autocorrelation (sech2 fit). A 1-mm type  I KDP crystal in noncollinear SHG geometry was used.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Setup of the OPG: M’s, folding mirrors, highly reflecting at 1064  nm, transmission 90% at the signal wavelengths; VA, variable attenuator; MS’s, mirrors for high reflection at 1.4–1.6 µm, transmission 90% at 1.064 µm; BS, beam splitter at 1064  nm (75% in the A path, 25% in the B path); L’s, focusing lenses.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Tuning curve versus PPLN poling period.

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