Abstract

We report a singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (SRO) based on a ZnGeP2 crystal directly pumped by a lamp-pumped Q-switched CrTmHo:YAG laser. The IR was tunable from 4.7 to 7.8μm via crystal angle tuning. A maximum optical to optical efficiency of 56% was obtained from the pump (2.09μm) to total IR at a pump energy of 6.5mJ. The corresponding idler energy was 1.45mJ. The SRO was measured to have a slope efficiency of 64% and a threshold of 1mJ. The spatial beam quality of the idler, characterized by the M2 parameter, was 1.38 when the SRO was pumped at 2.5 times threshold. These results show that ZnGeP2 optical parametric oscillators directly pumped by a CrTmHo:YAG laser can be operated efficiently, while maintaining good IR beam quality.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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