Abstract

We report on rapid, all-electronically controlled wavelength tuning of a continuous-wave (cw) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by an ytterbium fiber laser. The OPO is singly resonant for the signal wave and consists of a 40-mm-long periodically poled lithium niobate crystal in a four-mirror ring cavity. By tuning of the fiber-laser wavelength over 33 nm through an intracavity acousto-optic tunable filter, the OPO idler wavelength is tuned from 3160 to 3500 nm in 330 µs, corresponding to an idler frequency-tuning speed of 28 THz/ms. At a fiber-laser power of 6.6 W at 1074 nm, the singly resonant OPO generates 1.13-W cw idler radiation at 3200 nm.

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Fallnich, C.

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Goldberg, L.

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Gross, P.

Harren, F. J. M.

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Jundt, D.

Klein, M. E.

Kliner, D. A. V.

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Koplow, J. B.

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 2001), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 521.

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Lee, D.-H.

Li, S.

M. M. J. W. van Herpen, S. Li, S. E. Bisson, and F. J. M. Harren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 1157 (2002).
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Schepler, K. L.

Sommers, R.

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 2001), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 521.

te Lintel Hekkert, S.

Tittel, F. K.

Tremont, M. A.

M. E. Klein, A. Robertson, M. A. Tremont, R. Wallenstein, and K.-J. Boller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 1 (2001).
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van Herpen, M. M. J. W.

M. M. J. W. van Herpen, S. te Lintel Hekkert, S. E. Bisson, and F. J. M. Harren, Opt. Lett. 27, 640 (2002).
[CrossRef]

M. M. J. W. van Herpen, S. Li, S. E. Bisson, and F. J. M. Harren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 1157 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Velsko, S. P.

Walde, T.

Wallenstein, R.

Wessels, P.

Yang, S. T.

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. B

M. E. Klein, A. Robertson, M. A. Tremont, R. Wallenstein, and K.-J. Boller, Appl. Phys. B 73, 1 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

M. M. J. W. van Herpen, S. Li, S. E. Bisson, and F. J. M. Harren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 1157 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

T. S. Ross, H. Miller, G. T. Moore, K. Dinndorf, and C. A. Denman, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Lasers 2000 (STS, Mclean, Va., 2001).

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 2001), Vol. 56 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), p. 521.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the rapidly tunable fiber laser pumping the cw SRO. The ring cavity of the fiber laser comprises the ytterbium-doped double-clad fiber pumped by a 976-nm diode laser coupled via a dichroic mirror (DCM), polarization-correcting optics (POL), two Faraday isolators (ISOs), half-wave plates (HWPs), and a polarizing beam splitter (PBS). The fiber-laser wavelength is all-electronically controlled by the AOTF in the laser cavity. The cw SRO consists of a PPLN crystal in a four-mirror ring cavity (M1M4) and generates rapidly tunable mid-infrared idler radiation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Signal wavelength and idler wavelength of the fiber-laser-pumped SRO as a function of the all-electronically tuned fiber-laser wavelength. The SRO PPLN crystal has a fixed grating period of 29.75 µm and was operated at a temperature of 181 °C. The measured wavelengths (squares) are in good agreement with theory (curves).15

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

A, idler output power of the cw SRO as a function of the all-electronically tunable idler wavelength. B, fiber-laser power at the corresponding fiber-laser wavelength. At 3335 nm a maximum idler power of 1.13 W is generated, for a fiber-laser power of 6.6 W at 1074 nm.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Modulation of the rf frequency of the AOTF driver for tuning A, the fiber laser and B, the induced SRO idler wavelength tuning as a function of time. Within the resolution of 6 nm of the monochromator used for sampling, the idler wave covers the entire range from 3160 to 3500 nm within 330 µs, corresponding to an idler frequency-tuning rate of 28 THz/ms.

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