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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 20, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2003
  • pp: 662–669

Green two-frequency pulsed laser: intracavity doubling of helicoidal eigenstates

Ngoc Diep Lai, Marc Brunel, and Fabien Bretenaker  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 662-669 (2003)

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We investigate, both theoretically and experimentally, how to build a pulsed intracavity-doubled two-frequency laser. To this aim, we use a Jones-matrix analysis in order to choose the orientations of the cavity anisotropies, namely, two quarter-wave plates, a passive Q-switch, and a doubling crystal. In particular, we find the conditions necessary for the simultaneous oscillation of the two eigenstates, depending on whether the doubling crystal is inserted between the quarter-wave plates or not. Continuous tuning of the frequency difference is provided by rotating one quarter-wave plate or the birefringent doubling crystal. Moreover, the efficiencies of second-harmonic generation and sum-frequency generation are controlled. The experimental results, obtained with a diode-pumped Nd:YAG–Cr:YAG laser intracavity doubled by a KTP crystal, are in agreement with the model.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(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

Ngoc Diep Lai, Marc Brunel, and Fabien Bretenaker, "Green two-frequency pulsed laser: intracavity doubling of helicoidal eigenstates," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20, 662-669 (2003)

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