Abstract

The results of a simple scheme to generate continuously tunable pulsed narrow-bandwidth (less than 0.1 cm-1) light in the infrared are presented. A periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric amplifier is seeded with the filtered output of a PPLN optical parametric generator. A high-finesse Fabry–Perot etalon is used as the filtering element, giving bandwidths as narrow as 0.08 cm-1 and tunable over 18 cm-1 without any adjustments to the PPLN crystals. High efficiency is obtained with a 15-ns 1-kHz Nd:YAG laser, giving energies of up to 180 µJ of signal at 1.6 µm and 60 µJ of idler at 3.3 µm.

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V. Petrov and F. Noack, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 2214 (1995).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Walker, C. J. Flood, and H. M. van Driel, Opt. Lett. 20, 145 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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

1993 (1)

1992 (1)

H.-J. Krause and W. Daum, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 2180 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

Banfi, G. P.

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

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. DiTrapani, and R. Righini, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Beyer, R. L.

Bisson, S. E.

Bosenburg, W. R.

Danielius, R.

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

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. DiTrapani, and R. Righini, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Daum, W.

H.-J. Krause and W. Daum, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 2180 (1992).
[CrossRef]

DiTrapani, P.

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

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. DiTrapani, and R. Righini, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Dominic, V.

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Eckardt, R. C.

Fejer, M. M.

Flood, C. J.

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[CrossRef]

Kulp, T. J.

Meyers, L. E.

Missey, M.

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Nishihara, H.

Noack, F.

Petrov, V.

Piskarskas, A.

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

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. DiTrapani, and R. Righini, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Powers, P. E.

P. E. Powers, T. J. Kulp, and S. E. Bisson, Opt. Lett. 23, 159 (1998).
[CrossRef]

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Raymond, T. D.

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Righini, R.

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

R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, A. Stabinis, G. P. Banfi, P. DiTrapani, and R. Righini, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 10, 2222 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Solcia, C.

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

Stabinis, A.

Suhara, T.

Torre, R.

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

van Driel, H. M.

Walker, D. R.

Yaney, P. P.

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Zakel, A.

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

Zayhowski, J. J.

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

H.-J. Krause and W. Daum, Appl. Phys. Lett. 60, 2180 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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

Opt. Commun. (1)

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

Opt. Lett. (5)

Other (1)

A. Zakel, M. Missey, V. Dominic, P. P. Yaney, P. E. Powers, and T. D. Raymond, paper WMM5 presented at the 1998 OSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 4–9, 1998.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental schematic: HWP’s, half-wave plates; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; FP, air-spaced plane-parallel Fabry–Perot etalon; D1–D4, dichroic mirrors used to separate the signal, the idler, and the pump; the other abbreviations are defined in the text.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Seeded and unseeded signal spectral output of the second stage operating above the OPG threshold. The unseeded spectrum is multiplied by 5 for visibility. The arrow indicates the tuning range that is possible when the etalon spacing is changed with no adjustments to the PPLN crystals. Typically this tuning range was 18 cm-1.

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