Abstract

We report a simple, compact, picosecond, dual-wavelength optical parametric oscillator (DW-OPO) at 160 MHz, based on two MgO:PPLN crystals sharing the same cavity and synchronously pumped by an Yb–fiber laser at 1064 nm. The two signal and idler wavelength pairs are independently tunable in the near- and mid-infrared across 1550–1615 nm and 3118–3393 nm, respectively, and can be arbitrarily tuned, even to degeneracy and beyond, without coherent coupling, irrespective of operating wavelength. The DW-OPO provides two signal and idler pulse trains and delivers as much as 1.5 W of average signal power at a degenerate wavelength of 1550 nm from each arm, at a total (signal plus idler) power extraction efficiency of as much as 44%. The two output signal pulse trains have durations of 18ps and 15.2ps, with Gaussian spatial quality, and exhibit passive power stability, better than 3.6% rms over >5 h. We also demonstrate the possibility of tailoring the pulse trains from the DW-OPO by controlling the delay between the pump pulses at the input to the two MgO:PPLN crystals.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the Yb–fiber laser pumped picosecond DW-OPO. FI, Faraday isolator; λ/2, half-waveplate; PBS, polarizing beam-splitter; L1,2, lens; M, mirrors; OC, output coupler.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Dual-wavelength tuning of the picosecond DW-OPO.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a) Output power across the signal tuning range. (b) Measured signal wavelength (circles) as a function of temperature in the picosecond DW-OPO, together with the theoretical calculation (dashed line), using relevant Sellmeier equations.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

(a) Signal and (b) idler power scaling as a function of the pump power from the picosecond DW-OPO.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Power stability of the signal extracted from (a) OPO-1 and (b) OPO-2. Spatial beam profile of the signal from (c) OPO-1 and (d) OPO-2.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Interferometric autocorrelation of the signal pulses from (a) OPO-1 and (b) OPO-2. Inset, signal spectrum.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Signal pulse train from the picosecond DW-OPO.

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