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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2002
  • pp: 4331–4335

Efficient 550–600-nm tunable laser based on noncritically phase-matched frequency doubling of room-temperature LiF:F2- in lithium triborate

S. Maile Giffin, Glenn W. Baxter, Iain T. McKinnie, and Valerii V. Ter-Mikirtychev  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 21, pp. 4331-4335 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.004331


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Abstract

We report on efficient conversion of a 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser to tunable visible light. The conversion scheme uses noncritically phase-matched second-harmonic generation of a pulsed Nd:YAG-pumped LiF:F2- laser in lithium triborate. Optimization yields 42% LiF:F2- laser efficiency and 56% frequency-doubling efficiency, providing >20% conversion from 1064 nm to broadly tunable visible output. A dramatic sensitivity of laser efficiency to pump pulse duration is recorded, with a fundamental efficiency improvement of over 30-fold measured for an increase in pump pulse duration from 5 to 34 ns.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.7300) Lasers and laser optics : Visible lasers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.

History
Original Manuscript: May 1, 2001
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2002
Published: July 20, 2002

Citation
S. Maile Giffin, Glenn W. Baxter, Iain T. McKinnie, and Valerii V. Ter-Mikirtychev, "Efficient 550–600-nm tunable laser based on noncritically phase-matched frequency doubling of room-temperature LiF:F2- in lithium triborate," Appl. Opt. 41, 4331-4335 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-21-4331

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