Abstract

We report on what is to our knowledge the first continuous-wave (cw) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is pumped by a tunable fiber laser. The OPO is singly resonant for the signal wave and consists of a 40-mm-long periodically poled LiNbO3 crystal in a four-mirror ring cavity. At a pump power of 8.3 W provided by the wavelength-tunable Yb-doped fiber laser, the singly resonant OPO generates 1.9 W of 3200-nm cw idler radiation. The singly resonant OPO was tuned from 1515 to 1633 nm (signal) and from 3057 to 3574 nm (idler) by means of the crystal temperature and poling period. We obtained a wide idler tuning range, from 2980 to 3700 mn, by tuning the wavelength of the fiber laser from 1032 to 1095 nm.

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Goldberg, L.

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Jundt, D.

Klein, M. E.

Kliner, D. A. V.

U.-B. Goers, K. Armstrong, R. Sommers, T. J. Kulp, D. A. V. Kliner, S. Birtola, L. Goldberg, J. B. Koplow, and T. G. McRae, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 521.

Koplow, J. B.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the fiber-laser pumped cw SRO.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output wavelengths of the SRO as a function of the PPLN crystal’s temperature for the four grating periods shown and for the measured fiber-laser wavelength of 1064 nm: A, idler wavelength; B, signal wavelength. Squares, experimental data; solid-curves, calculated theoretical curves.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Tuning of the SRO by means of the fiber-laser wavelength at constant grating period Λ=29.5 µm and crystal temperature T=144.9 C°. Squares, experimental data; solid curves, calculated theoretical curves. A, Idler wavelength tuned monotonically from 2995 to 3693 nm. B, signal wavelength varying from 1543 to 1575 nm and exhibiting a minimum signal wavelength for a fiber-laser wavelength of 1060 nm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Idler output power as a function of fiber-laser power. Pump wavelength λp=1064 nm; grating period, Λ=29.75 µm; crystal temperature, T=187.7 C°. The corresponding idler wavelength is 3200 nm. Pump power at threshold, 3.5 W; maximum idler output power, 1.9 W.

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