Abstract

We have developed a tunable, narrow-bandwidth nanosecond optical parametric oscillator system and applied it to spectroscopic studies. The system consists of a narrow-bandwidth grazing-incidence oscillator and a seeded power oscillator, generating Fourier-transform-limited 1.5-ns pulses (bandwidth <500 MHz) in the wavelength range 435 to 2000 nm with energy of 3.5 mJ at a pump energy of 22 mJ. Continuous scanning over 30 to 100 GHz (depending on wavelength) is demonstrated by recording of the resonance line of the Hg atom at 253.7 nm and a vibrational transition of the CO2 molecule at 1528 nm.

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