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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2600–2606

Pump-enhanced difference-frequency generation at 3.3 μm

Mark F. Witinski, Joshua B. Paul, and James G. Anderson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 13, pp. 2600-2606 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.002600


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Abstract

The demonstration of continuous wave intracavity difference-frequency generation in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) is presented. A cavity for pump laser enhancement is constructed around a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, and the cavity length is locked to the frequency of the pump laser using the Pound–Drever–Hall technique, producing a gain of 12 in the resultant idler power compared to the single-pass case. A widely tunable single-mode 3.3 μm idler beam with a power of nearly 10 mW is available for direct absorption spectroscopy. The pump-enhancement method demonstrated here should be readily scalable to produce hundreds of milliwatts of mid-IR light by using higher power signal and pump lasers.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2009
Published: April 30, 2009

Citation
Mark F. Witinski, Joshua B. Paul, and James G. Anderson, "Pump-enhanced difference-frequency generation at 3.3 μm," Appl. Opt. 48, 2600-2606 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-13-2600

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