Abstract

We report a stable, high-power, picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) at 160 MHz repetition rate synchronously pumped by a frequency-doubled mode-locked Yb-fiber laser at 532 nm and tunable in the near-infrared, across 874–1008 nm (signal) and 1126–1359 nm (idler). Using a 30-mm-long MgO:sPPLT crystal, the OPO provides average output power up to 780 mW in the signal at 918.58 nm and 600 mW in the idler at 1242 nm. The device operates stably over many days, even close to degeneracy, exhibiting passive long-term power stability better than 1.8% rms in the signal and 2.4% rms in the idler over 2.5 h at a temperature of 55°C. We investigate spectral and temporal characteristics of the signal pulses under different conditions and demonstrate cavity-length tuning enabled by the dispersion properties of MgO:sPPLT. The output signal pulses have a duration of 2.4 ps at 967 nm.

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Opt. Lett. (6)

Science (1)

C. W. Freudiger, W. Min, B. G. Saar, S. Lu, G. R. Holtom, C. He, J. C. Tsai, J. X. Kang, and X. S. Xie, Science 322, 1857 (2008).
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S. Chaitanya Kumar and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, “High-power, fiber-pumped, picosecond green source based on BiB3O6,” Laser Phys. (to be published).

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Experimental configuration of picosecond green-pumped OPO based on MgO:sPPLT. FI, Faraday isolator; λ/2, half-wave plate; L, lens; PBS, polarizing beam splitter; M, mirrors; OC, output coupler.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Variation of the (a) signal and (b) idler power across the tuning range of green-pumped MgO:sPPLT picosecond OPO.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Variation of the signal and idler power from the OPO as a function of the green power. Inset: signal spectra at low and high pumping levels.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Variation of the signal and idler power from the MgO:sPPLT SPOPO as a function of the cavity detuning. Inset: signal spectra at negative and positive detuning positions.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Log-term power stability of the (a) green, (b) signal, and (c) idler from the MgO:sPPLT picosecond OPO over 2.5 h.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Autocorrelation trace of the extracted signal pulse at MgO:sPPLT crystal temperature of (a) T=100°C and (b) T=50°C. Inset: corresponding signal spectra.

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