## Optical parametric amplifiers: a discrete dynamical model of singly resonant operation leading to a novel approach to the design of systems for high-efficiency amplification

Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 9, pp. 1452-1463 (1996)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.001452

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### Abstract

A simple plane-wave model of pulsed, singly resonant, optical-parametric-oscillator
and optical-parametric-oscillator–amplifier operation leads to a description of such
systems in terms of a discrete dynamical system. The theoretical limits on conversion
efficiencies derivable from this model were explored. Analysis of the model for an
optical parametric oscillator–amplifier (OPOA) indicates that the effect that
backconversion has in limiting efficiency can be avoided if one precisely shapes the
time profile of the pump pulse and combines it with an OPOA that is
*Q* switched. For a case of type I phase matching with β-barium
borate with a specific pump profile and a 65-mJ input pulse, under the assumption of
small absorption, the following are demonstrated: (1) the theoretical possibility of
amplification to a few joules at quantum efficiencies higher than 90% and (2) the
possibility of amplification to approximately 1 J at an energy efficiency near 45% in
a configuration satisfying realistic stress constraints. Pulse widths are in the
nanosecond range, and spot sizes are in the millimeter range. Issues of
implementation are discussed.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

**History**

Original Manuscript: February 7, 1995

Revised Manuscript: April 13, 1995

Published: March 20, 1996

**Citation**

David S. Anker, "Optical parametric amplifiers: a discrete dynamical model of singly
resonant operation leading to a novel approach to the design of systems for
high-efficiency amplification," Appl. Opt. **35**, 1452-1463 (1996)

http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-9-1452

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