Abstract

We report the use of a smoothly tunable, single-frequency continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for high-resolution spectroscopy. The OPO is based on potassium titanyl phosphate and is resonant for both signal and idler fields, resulting in a device with a very low pump power threshold of 30  mW. The frequency-selective nature of the doubly resonant oscillator ensures that the signal and idler modes can be tuned across the entire phase-match bandwidth without the need for additional intracavity frequency-selective components. Smooth frequency tuning of the output of the OPO is obtained by tuning of the pump laser. To demonstrate the practicality of our OPO we recorded the absorption spectrum of cesium vapor in the 1-µm spectral region.

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[CrossRef]

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Myers, L. E.

Nabors, C. D.

Oshman, M. K.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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R. G. Smith, J. E. Geusic, H. J. Levinstein, J. J. Rubin, S. Singh, and V. Uitert, Appl. Phys. Lett. 12, 308 (1968).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Yang, S. T.

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R. L. Byer, M. K. Oshman, J. F. Young, and S. E. Harris, Appl. Phys. Lett. 13, 109 (1968).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, J.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (3)

R. G. Smith, J. E. Geusic, H. J. Levinstein, J. J. Rubin, S. Singh, and V. Uitert, Appl. Phys. Lett. 12, 308 (1968).
[CrossRef]

R. L. Byer, M. K. Oshman, J. F. Young, and S. E. Harris, Appl. Phys. Lett. 13, 109 (1968).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

G. A. Turnbull, T. J. Edwards, M. H. Dunn, and M. Ebrahimzadeh, Electron. Lett. 33, 1817 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (3)

Opt. Commun. (1)

A. J. Henderson, M. J. Padgett, F. G. Colville, J. Zhang, and M. H. Dunn, Opt. Commun. 119, 256 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (8)

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. J. Edwards and M. Lawrence, Opt. Quantum Electron. 16, 373 (1983).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (1)

N. C. Wong, Phys. Rev. A 45, 3176 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other (3)

P. J. Hardman, W. A. Clarkson, K. I. Martin, S. D. Butterworth, and D. C. Hanna, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CFO3, p. 520.

Burleigh Instruments, Inc., Burleigh Park, Fishers, N.Y. 14453.

D. Lee and N. C. Wong, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CWE5, p. 200.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

All-solid-state OPO. Tuning of the pump source is achieved by piezoelectric control of the cavity length. PZT’s, piezoelectric transducers; M’s, mirrors.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Frequency of the signal field corresponding to the OPO locked to successive pairs of signal and idler modes that fall within the phase-match bandwidth. Tuning over 220  GHz by 25 successive mode hops is shown. Successive mode hops are achieved by application of small perturbations to the OPO cavity length.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Absorption spectra of cesium vapor at 1050  nm. Each spectrum covers a 4-GHz scanning range; the spectra overlap to form a continuous spectrum.

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