Abstract

We report a high-efficiency and high-power mid-IR laser generation by a periodically poled (PP) MgLN-based optical parametric oscillator (OPO) working at room temperature, from which 9.23W of output was obtained at 3.82μm when pumped by a linearly polarized acousto-optic Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser of 48.2W output. A semi-external-cavity structure was applied in the OPO system to avoid the conversion saturation caused by the thermal lens effect of the PPMgLN crystal and thus to maintain the high conversion efficiency and the high beam quality under the high power level. It was computed that 29.4% slope efficiency and 19.2% total efficiency were realized for the 1.0633.82μm conversion.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Scheme of the semi-external-cavity-structured OPO: M1, the input mirror; M2, the filter that was aligned with a angle to prevent the signal reflecting back into the cavity. The exiting end surface of the PPMgLN acted as the output coupler here.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Idler-power dependence on the pump power showing high efficiency conversion from 1.063 μ m to 3.82 μ m .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Circular laser beam image of the idler output when the output power was 9 W , measured by a precision beam profiler. Left, the laser spot distribution along two orthogonal directions; right, the three-dimension laser beam profile of the output emission.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

OPO output spectrum at signal wavelength when the reversed grating period was 29.4 μ m . The signal peak wavelength of 1.474 μ m corresponds to an idler wavelength of 3.82 μ m .

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