Abstract

We report on what is to our knowledge the first optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by microsecond pulses from a wavelength-tunable solid-state laser. The singly resonant OPO (SRO) is based on a periodically poled LiNbO3 crystal and pumped with 2.1µs-long pulses from an actively Q-switched Yb fiber laser. At an average fiber laser power of 3.6 W, the SRO generates 1.9µs-long pulses with a repetition rate of 25 kHz and an average power of 560 mW at 3360 nm. The SRO was tuned from 1518 to 1634 nm (signal) and from 3145 to 3689 nm (idler) via the crystal temperature and poling period. By all-electronic tuning of the fiber laser wavelength over 19 nm, tuning of the mid-infrared idler wavelength over 195 nm was achieved.

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[CrossRef]

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Bosenberg, W. R.

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Choe, J. Y.

Chong, T. C.

Drobshoff, A.

Fallnich, C.

Gross, P.

Grudinin, A. B.

N. J. Traynor, L. Lefort, A. B. Grudinin, J. D. Minelly, J. E. Caplen, and D. C. Hanna, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 6 of 1998 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1998), p. 114.

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Klein, M. E.

Lai, K. S.

Laue, C. K.

Lee, D.-H.

Lefort, L.

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Minelly, J. D.

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Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

M. van Herpen, S. Li, S. E. Bisson, and F. J. M. Harren, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 1157 (2002).
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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of the microsecond-pulsed fiber laser pumping the SRO. The fiber laser ring cavity comprises the Yb-doped double-clad fiber pumped by a 976-nm diode laser coupled via a dichroic mirror (DCM), polarization-correcting optics (POL), two Faraday isolators (ISO), a half-wave plate (HWP), a polarizing beam splitter (PBS), and an AOTF. The fiber laser is Q switched with an AOM. The SRO consists of a PPLN crystal in a four-mirror ring cavity (M1M4), and generates tunable mid-infrared pulses with 2µs duration.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

A, Transmission of the acousto-optic Q switch in the Yb ring laser as a function of time (solid curve) and fiber laser pulse (dotted curve) with a duration of 2.1 µs used to pump the PPLN SRO. B, Signal pulse of the SRO with a duration of 1.9 µs. Inset, train of signal pulses at the repetition rate of 25 kHz, corresponding to a high duty cycle of 5%.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Wavelength tuning of the microsecond SRO as a function of the all-electronically tuned fiber laser wavelength for a constant grating period (29.75 µm) and PPLN crystal temperature (181 °C). The idler wavelength tunes over a wide range from 3257 to 3452 nm (squares in 3A), whereas the signal wave (squares in 3B) tunes only from 1583.3 to 1585.9 nm, in good agreement with theory (curves).

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