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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1512–1524

Theory of an optical parametric oscillator with resonant pump and signal

S. Schiller, K. Schneider, and J. Mlynek  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 16, Issue 9, pp. 1512-1524 (1999)

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We derive the properties of a pump-resonant singly resonant optical parametric oscillator for which the pump and one of the parametrically generated waves share a common cavity. Wave-vector mismatch and focusing effects are taken into account. We calculate the oscillation threshold and its dependence on emission wavelengths as the result of mode shape changes. The conversion efficiencies for signal and idler waves are calculated. It is shown that one can maximize the conversion efficiencies by optimizing mirror transmissivities. The interference effects that occur in a standing-wave geometry and the mode content of the nonresonant wave are also analyzed.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

S. Schiller, K. Schneider, and J. Mlynek, "Theory of an optical parametric oscillator with resonant pump and signal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 1512-1524 (1999)

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