Abstract

We report the first, to the best of our knowledge, femtosecond-laser-pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on the newly developed nonlinear crystal, CdSiP2. The OPO was synchronously pumped by a mode-locked Yb:KYW/Yb:fiber master-oscillator power amplifier, providing 1.053 μm pump pulses with durations of 130 fs at a repetition rate of 100 MHz. The 0.5-mm-thick CdSiP2 crystal was cut for a type-I noncritical interaction, providing a broad phase-matching bandwidth and ensuring excellent temporal overlap among the pump, signal, and idler pulses. The OPO generated signal pulses with a spectral coverage over 1260–1310 nm and mid-infrared idler pulses with a broad spectral coverage at 5.8–6.6 μm (6.2 THz). With a 2% output coupler (OC), the threshold pump power was 600 mW. At the maximum pump power of 1.6 W, 0.55 W was absorbed due to two-photon absorption and residual linear absorption in the CdSiP2 crystal, 0.75 W was transmitted, and 53 mW signal power was extracted through the OC. We estimate that the generated idler power was 24 mW.

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