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