Abstract

The resonator length of an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is normally made a short as possible to minimize the signal-buildup time and maximize the output energy. We have found that, when a doubly resonant OPO is pumped by a multilongitudinal-mode beam, its output energy has a significant maximum when its optical length matches that of the pump source, even if this length is much greater than the shortest possible for the OPO. We have observed this effect in a ZnGeP2-based OPO and reproduced it in numerical simulations.

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S. J. Brosnan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

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J. Falk, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Arisholm, G.

G. Arisholm and K. Stenersen, Opt. Express 4, 183 (1999); http://epubs.osa.org/opticsexpress .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Arisholm, Proc. SPIE 3685, 86 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. Arisholm, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 117 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. Rustad, K. Stenersen, and G. Arisholm, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 315–320.

Bowers, M. S.

Brosnan, S. J.

S. J. Brosnan and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 15, 415 (1979).
[CrossRef]

Budni, P. A.

Burnham, R. L.

Byer, R. L.

Chicklis, E. P.

Chong, T. C.

Ebrahimzadeh, M.

Eckardt, R. C.

Falk, J.

J. Falk, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 7, 230 (1971).
[CrossRef]

Gehr, R. J.

Kasinski, J. J.

Kozlovsky, W. J.

Lai, K. S.

Lemons, M. L.

Loiacono, G.

Miller, C. A.

Mosto, J. R.

Moulton, P. F.

Nabors, C. D.

Phua, P. B.

Pomeranz, L. A.

Reid, D. T.

Rustad, G.

G. Rustad, K. Stenersen, and G. Arisholm, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 315–320.

Sibbett, W.

Smith, A. V.

Stenersen, K.

G. Arisholm and K. Stenersen, Opt. Express 4, 183 (1999); http://epubs.osa.org/opticsexpress .
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Rustad, K. Stenersen, and G. Arisholm, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 315–320.

Stolzenberger, R.

Webb, M. S.

Wu, R. F.

Yang, S. T.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

The experimental setup.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

35µm signal energy from the ZGP OPO versus round-trip optical resonator length: (a) Measured. The numbers above the peaks indicate the corresponding length ratio between the OPO and the pump source. (b) Simulated. A few simulations with the SLM pump (crosses) are shown for comparison.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured spectra for two cavity lengths: (a) 20 mm longer than the optimal length, (b) optimal length.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a), (b) Simulated spectra for two cavity lengths that correspond to those in Fig. 3. The phase-matched wavelengths are 3.88 and 4.53 µm. (c) Simulated spectrum with a SLM pump beam. In this case the spectrum is essentially independent of the cavity length.

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