We report generation of broadly tunable (2.5–4 μm), narrow-band (0.04–0.35 cm−1) pulsed infrared radiation through a nanosecond optical parametric amplifier based on potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) pumped by the second harmonic of a 10-Hz Nd:YAG laser. Input radiation at signal wavelengths of 615–662 nm was derived from a pulsed tunable dye laser system. Advantages of this device are simplicity, the broad range of infrared wavelengths to which a single dye in the dye laser provides access, and conversion efficiencies > 10% at modest levels (< 150 μJ) of input radiation.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 12, 1995
Published: March 20, 1996
S. A. Reid and Y. Tang, "Generation of tunable, narrow-band mid-infrared radiation through a 532-nm-pumped KTP optical parametric amplifier," Appl. Opt. 35, 1473-1477 (1996)