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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1999
  • pp: 3324–3328

Synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillation in periodically poled lithium niobate with 1-W average output power

Thomas Graf, Gail McConnell, Allister I. Ferguson, Erwin Bente, David Burns, and Martin D. Dawson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 3324-3328 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.003324


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Abstract

We report on a rugged all-solid-state laser source of near-IR radiation in the range of 1461–1601 nm based on a high-power Nd:YVO4 laser that is mode locked by a semiconductor saturable Bragg reflector as the pump source of a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator with a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The system produces 34-ps pulses with a high repetition rate of 235 MHz and an average output power of 1 W. The relatively long pulses lead to wide cavity detuning tolerances. The comparatively narrow spectral bandwidth of <15 GHz is suitable for applications such as pollutant detection.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

History
Original Manuscript: October 28, 1998
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 1999
Published: May 20, 1999

Citation
Thomas Graf, Gail McConnell, Allister I. Ferguson, Erwin Bente, David Burns, and Martin D. Dawson, "Synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillation in periodically poled lithium niobate with 1-W average output power," Appl. Opt. 38, 3324-3328 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-15-3324

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