Abstract

We report on the utilization of a novel Tm:fiber laser source for mid-IR ZnGeP2 (ZGP) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumping. The pump laser is built in a master oscillator power-amplifier configuration delivering up to 3.36 W of polarized, diffraction limited output power with 7 ns pulse duration and 4 kHz repetition rate. This corresponds to a peak power of 121kW and a pulse energy of 0.84mJ. With this source, we generated 27.9 kW of total mid-IR peak power in a doubly resonant oscillator (DRO) configuration. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the highest ever demonstrated mid-IR peak power from a directly Tm:fiber laser pumped ZGP OPO. Moreover, a DRO output with about 284 μJ of total mid-IR pulse energy was demonstrated using 100 ns pump pulses. The wavelength tuning of the idler was extended to 6 μm with lower output power in another OPO experiment.

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D. L. Snavely and J. Dubsky, J. Poly. Sci. A 34, 2575 (1996).
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D. Creeden, M. Jiang, P. A. Budni, P. A. Ketteridge, S. D. Setzler, Y. E. Young, J. C. McCarthy, P. G. Schunemann, T. M. Pollak, P. Tayebati, and E. P. Chicklis, Proc. SPIE 6952, 69520S (2008).
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D. N. Nikogosyan, Nonlinear Optical Crystals: A Complete Survey (Springer, 2005).

P. A. Budni, L. A. Pomeranz, M. L. Lemons, P. G. Schunemann, T. M. Pollak, and E. P. Chicklis, in Proceedings of Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, 1998), paper FC1.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

System schematic shows the pump laser, consisting of a Q-switched oscillator and two power amplifiers; the optical isolator, half-wave plate (HWP), and telescope to pump the OPO; the linear OPO cavity; and mid-IR diagnostics.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Average output power from the final amplifier relative to diode pump power corresponds to a slope efficiency of 7%. Inset: far-field beam profile at highest output power.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Depicts the temporal shape of the output pulses at 0.84mJ with 7ns width. Inset: spectrum centered at 1980nm with a 10 dB width of <1.8nm.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

DRO output for 7 and 100 ns pump pulses. The insets show the far-field beam profiles at highest powers.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Exemplarily angular tuning of the DRO output, the measurements leading to the highest output powers have been conducted at Δθ=0°.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Plots split-reflectivity DRO threshold and slope efficiency as a function of idler wavelength.

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