Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of compressed, transform-limited 250-fs pulses, tunable in the near infrared, by means of synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillation in periodically poled lithium niobate. The almost 20-fold compression from the 4-ps pulse duration of the cw mode-locked Nd:YLF pump results in signal peak powers well in excess of the pump power.

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Opt. Commun. (1)

L. Lefort, K. Puech, S. D. Butterworth, G. W. Ross, P. G. R. Smith, and D. C. Hanna, Opt. Commun. 152, 55 (1998).
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Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (1)

A. Scroggie, W. J. Firth, and G. L. Oppo, University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde, G1 1XQ, UK (personal communication, 1998)G. D'Allesandro, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK (personal communication, 1998).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Fundamental and SH power and pump depletion as a function of cavity-length detuning.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Increase in compressed pulse width with increasing output coupler reflectivity for a fixed pump power of 1  W. The pulse widths are determined from a sech2 function.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Breakdown from single pulse to multiple pulses on increasing input power. Output coupler reflectivity, 45%.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Interferometric SH generation autocorrelation of 250-fs signal pulses at 1.7 μm with a 15% output coupler. (b) Power spectrum of the compressed signal pulse.

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