Abstract

We demonstrate cavity dumping of a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO). The OPO delivers 30-fs pulses with energies as high as 13 nJ at up to 400-kHz repetition rates. The OPO’s tunability ranges from 570 to 600 nm and is limited by the resonator mirror coatings. The time jitter between pulses of a Ti:sapphire laser and the cavity-dumped OPO pulses is smaller than 30 fs, permitting multicolor time-resolved spectroscopic experiments.

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Evans, J. M.

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Fini, L.

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Gale, G. M.

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A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997); J. Peatross and A. Rundquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 216 (1998).
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[CrossRef]

Spielmann, Ch.

Szipöcs, R.

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997); J. Peatross and A. Rundquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 216 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997); J. Peatross and A. Rundquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 216 (1998).
[CrossRef]

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A. M. Weiner, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1276 (1983).
[CrossRef]

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W. P. de Boeij, M. S. Pshenichnikov, and D. A. Wiersma, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 49, 99 (1998).

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997); J. Peatross and A. Rundquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 216 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Wilhelm, T.

Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. (1)

W. P. de Boeij, M. S. Pshenichnikov, and D. A. Wiersma, Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 49, 99 (1998).

Appl. Phys. B (1)

A. Baltuška, Z. Wei, M. S. Pshenichnikov, D. A. Wiersma, and R. Szipöcs, Appl. Phys. B 65, 175 (1997); J. Peatross and A. Rundquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 216 (1998).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

A. M. Weiner, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 19, 1276 (1983).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Commun. (4)

T. J. Driscoll, G. M. Gale, and F. Hache, Opt. Commun. 110, 638 (1994); G. M. Gale, M. Cavallari, T. J. Driscoll, and F. Hache, Opt. Lett. 20, 1562 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Kurokawa, N. Kubota, and M. Nakazawa, Opt. Commun. 68, 287 (1988); A. Cybo-Ottone, M. Nisoli, V. Magni, S. De Silvestri, and O. Svelto, Opt. Commun. 92, 271 (1992).
[CrossRef]

D. E. Spence, P. E. Powers, and C. L. Tang, Opt. Commun. 118, 69 (1995).
[CrossRef]

D. E. Spence, W. E. Sleat, J. M. Evans, W. Sibbett, and J. D. Kafka, Opt. Commun. 101, 286 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the cavity-dumped OPO: Argon laser, Spectra-Physics Model 2080 Ar laser; Ti:Sapphire, Spectra-Physics Tsunami laser; SHG-BBO, second-harmonic BBO crystal (thickness, 2 mm; cut angle, ϕ=29°); OPO-BBO, 1.5-mm long BBO crystal (ϕ=31°); M1, pump focusing mirror (radius of curvature, r=-125 mm; CVI); M2–M5, intracavity focusing mirrors (r=-100 mm; CVI); HR’s high reflectors; PZT, piezoelectric tranducer (Physik Instrumente); Slit, vertical slit for wavelength selection; P1, P2, Brewster-angle fused-silica prisms (tip-to-tip separation, 63 cm); Bragg Cell, fused-silica cavity dumper (Harris); M6, pick-off mirror; M7, steering mirror; GR, diffraction grating. Sync, synchronization. Note that in reality the pump and the cavity-dumped beams are displaced in the vertical plane.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Generated wavelengths as a function of the cavity-length mismatch for a particular prism insertion. Filled circles, experimental points. The calculated dispersion curve (solid curve) is based on the refractive indices of the intracavity optics and the GDD of the prism pair. Shaded area, region where the shortest and most stable pulses are obtained.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Background-free autocorrelation trace (solid curve) of cavity-dumped pulses at a repetition rate of 400 kHz. Dashed curve, Gaussian fit to the data. Inset, the pulse spectrum.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Tunability characteristics of a cavity-dumped OPO: (a) duration and (b) pulse energy as functions of central wavelength. Filled circles, experimental points. Pulse durations are determined from Gaussian fits to the autocorrelation measurements. Open circles, temporal widths as obtained by Fourier transformation of the pulse spectra, assuming a constant phase distribution. Solid and dotted curves, calculated round-trip losses and parametric gain bandwidth (arbitrarily scaled), respectively.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Experimental (solid curve) and calculated (dotted curve) cross-correlation traces between Ti:sapphire (50-fs at 800 nm) and cavity-dumped OPO (35-fs at 630 nm) pulses.

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