Abstract

A diode-pumped system for optical parametric generation of wavelength-tunable femtosecond pulses is demonstrated. It comprises an Er-doped fiber mode-locked laser, a fiber chirped-pulse amplifier, and a bulk periodically poled LiNbO3 (PPLN) optical parametric generator. The parametric generator is pumped at 777 nm with frequency-doubled microjoule pulses from the fiber amplifier and produces 300-fs pulses tunable from 1 to 3 µm with output energies up to 200 nJ. Use of a PPLN nonlinear crystal substantially reduces the pump energies required for efficient parametric generation. Saturated single-pass parametric energy conversion of 38% (internal) has been achieved with only 220 nJ of pump inside the crystal. A parametric generation threshold of 54 nJ is observed, and efficient parametric conversion is obtained with repetition rates up to 200 kHz.

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[CrossRef]

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V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. St. Russell, and D. C. Hanna, Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435 (1993).
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G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, P. Di. Trapani, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, R. Righini, and R. Torre, Opt. Commun. 118, 353 (1995).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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M. E. Fermann, D. Harter, J. D. Minelly, and G. G. Vienne, Opt. Lett. 21, 967 (1996).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Galvanauskas, M. E. Fermann, D. Harter, J. D. Minelly, G. G. Vienne, and J. E. Caplen, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 495–496.

Watanabe, K.

M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. St. Russell, and D. C. Hanna, Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Yamada, M.

M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

M. Yamada, N. Nada, M. Saitoh, and K. Watanabe, Appl. Phys. Lett. 62, 435 (1993).
[CrossRef]

V. Pruneri, J. Webjorn, P. St. Russell, and D. C. Hanna, Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 2126 (1995).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

W. K. Burns, W. McElhanon, and L. Goldberg, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 6, 252 (1994).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (4)

Opt. Commun. (2)

D. Strickland and G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

G. P. Banfi, C. Solcia, P. Di. Trapani, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, R. Righini, and R. Torre, Opt. Commun. 118, 353 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Phys. Rev. (1)

J. A. Armstrong, N. Bloembergen, J. Ducuing, and P. S. Pershan, Phys. Rev. 127, 1918 (1962); M. M. Fejer, G. A. Magel, D. H. Jundt, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 2631 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. Galvanauskas, Proc. SPIE 2377, 117 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

A. Galvanauskas, M. E. Fermann, D. Harter, J. D. Minelly, G. G. Vienne, and J. E. Caplen, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 495–496.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup. All pump sources are diode lasers.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Temperature tuning curves for a 19-µm QPM-period PPLN OPG pumped at 777 nm. Lines are calculated curves, and circles are experimentally measured values.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Total energy conversion efficiency (internal) in a 3-mm-long single-pass OPG. The signal wavelength is 1.2 µm. Pump energy is given inside the crystal.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Second-harmonic autocorrelation trace of a signal. Assuming a Gaussian pulse shape, the deconvolved pulse width is 300 fs.

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