Abstract

We present a cw, Nd:YAG-pumped singly resonant single-frequency narrow-linewidth high-power optical parametric oscillator with idler tuning from 3.7 to 4.7 µm. In this spectral range the absorption of the idler wave in the LiNbO3 crystal is significant, causing the oscillation threshold to increase with a subsequent decrease in output power from 1.2 W at 3.9 µm to 120 mW at 4.7 µm. The optical parametric oscillator’s cavity was stabilized and mode-hop tuned with a rotatable solid etalon but with a subsequent reduction in idler power of as much as 50%. We demonstrated the usefulness for spectroscopy by recording the photoacoustic spectrum of a strong CO2 absorption, using a 24-GHz continuous idler scan.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

OPO idler tuning with a multigrating crystal. The idler power (solid curve) correlates strongly with PPLN transparency (dotted curve).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Pump depletion (solid curve) and oscillation threshold (dotted curve) as a function of idler wavelength with 11 W of pump power.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Calculated signal and idler wavelengths at 188 °C. The squares indicate the crystal periods of the PPLN crystal. Changing the crystal temperature allows the full wavelength range from 3.8 to 4.8 µm to be covered.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Photoacoustic spectrum (squares) of the 4235-nm 2361.47 cm-1 CO2 line acquired by pump tuning the OPO over 24 GHz. For this measurement the CO2 concentration was 7 parts in 106 in nitrogen. A Hitran calculation (solid curve) is shown for comparison.

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