Abstract

We have demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, a coupled tandem optical parametric oscillator (OPO) configuration in which a second ZnGeP2 OPO is placed within the resonator of the first, KTiOPO4, OPO. A significant enhancement in the overall cascaded efficiency of this OPO compared with standard two-stage OPO’s was observed. With a multimode Nd:YAG laser, an overall optical-to-optical efficiency (from 1.06 µm to the mid IR) of 5.2% was obtained from operating only 1.4 times above oscillation threshold. The measured overall slope efficiency was attractively high at 35%. With a single set of mirrors we obtained a broad wavelength-tuning range from 2.7 to 8 µm.

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G. T. Moore and K. Koch, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085 (1996).
[CrossRef]

1995 (1)

H. Komine, J. M. Fukumoto, W. H. Long, and E. A. Stappaerts, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 44 (1995).
[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

Debuisschert, T.

Dmitriev, V. G.

V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, and D. N. Nikogosyan, Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997), p. 85.

Fukumoto, J. M.

H. Komine, J. M. Fukumoto, W. H. Long, and E. A. Stappaerts, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 44 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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V. G. Dmitriev, G. G. Gurzadyan, and D. N. Nikogosyan, Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1997), p. 85.

Isyanova, Y.

Y. Isyanova, G. A. Rines, D. Welford, and P. F. Moulton, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 174.

Koch, K.

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Komine, H.

H. Komine, J. M. Fukumoto, W. H. Long, and E. A. Stappaerts, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 44 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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McEwan, K. J.

J. A. Terry, K. J. McEwan, and M. J. P. Payne, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Topics in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 235.

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Raffy, J.

Rines, G. A.

Y. Isyanova, G. A. Rines, D. Welford, and P. F. Moulton, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 174.

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H. Komine, J. M. Fukumoto, W. H. Long, and E. A. Stappaerts, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 44 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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J. A. Terry, K. J. McEwan, and M. J. P. Payne, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Topics in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 235.

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Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. T. Moore and K. Koch, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 32, 2085 (1996).
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IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. (1)

H. Komine, J. M. Fukumoto, W. H. Long, and E. A. Stappaerts, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 44 (1995).
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Other (3)

Y. Isyanova, G. A. Rines, D. Welford, and P. F. Moulton, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, S. A. Payne and C. R. Pollock, eds., Vol. 1 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 174.

J. A. Terry, K. J. McEwan, and M. J. P. Payne, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, W. R. Bosenberg and M. M. Fejer, eds., Vol. 19 of OSA Topics in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 235.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

CTOPO configuration: R, reflectivity; T, transmissivity.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Total mid-IR output from the ZGP OPO for both doubly and singly resonating KTP OPO’s (signal, 3.8 µm; idler, 4.3 µm).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured wavelength tuning curve (triangles) of the ZGP crystal and that calculated (dotted curves) from use of Sellemier’s equation in Ref. 6. The corresponding total mid-IR (MIR) energy output per pulse (filled circles) from the CTOPO with the 1.06µm pump energy maintained at 18 mJ is also shown.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Beam profiles of the multimode 1.06µm pump laser (left) and the mid-IR output (right).

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