Abstract

We report on a compact and simple ultrafast source producing tunable radiation in the near-IR wavelength range. Based on single-pass frequency doubling of an ultrafast Cr2+:ZnS laser at 2360 nm with pulse width of 43 fs at a repetition rate of 80 MHz in MgO:PPLN crystal, the source produces maximum average output power of 2.43W tunable across 1137–1200 nm with a maximum single-pass conversion efficiency as high as 65%. Without use of any pulse compression technique, the source produces output pulses in Gaussian shape with measured pulse width of 60fs and spectral width of 39 nm centered at 1180 nm corresponding to a time-bandwidth product of 0.5. The output beam has a Gaussian spatial profile with measured M2<1.32 and a peak-to-peak power fluctuation of 3% over 2 h. Using MgO:PPLN crystal of two different lengths, 1 mm and 2 mm, we have observed that the optimum second-harmonic generation efficiency of an ultrafast pulse laser, even in the presence of temporal walk-off, appears in the low pump focusing condition.

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