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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2002
  • pp: 1163–1168

Single-Mode, Tunable Output from a Midwave-Infrared-Seeded Optical Parametric Oscillator System

John H. Marquardt, Ross W. Mackes, and Duane D. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 6, pp. 1163-1168 (2002)

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We have built a coupled master oscillator and a slave oscillator optical parametric oscillator (OPO) system that provides single-frequency, pulsed radiation in the midwave infrared (MWIR). The direct-diode-pumped master OPO provided narrow-band (<6-MHz, instrument-limited), tunable MWIR cw radiation that was used to seed a higher-peak-power pulsed slave OPO. When seeded directly at the MWIR idler, the pulsed output of the slave OPO was constrained to oscillate on a single longitudinal mode even though the slave OPO is pumped by a multilongitudinal-mode laser source. The linewidth of the pulsed output has been measured to be <220 MHz (instrument limited), which is well suited for coherent differential absorption lidar applications.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

John H. Marquardt, Ross W. Mackes, and Duane D. Smith, "Single-Mode, Tunable Output from a Midwave-Infrared-Seeded Optical Parametric Oscillator System," Appl. Opt. 41, 1163-1168 (2002)

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