The design and operation of a pulsed quasi-phase-matched periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric oscillator in the grazing incidence configuration are described. A narrow bandwidth of 0.3 cm<sup>−1</sup> is demonstrated over most of the full tuning range of the device. Broad and rapid scanning has been achieved by rotation of a single mirror. Long-term stable operation and a pump-to-signal power efficiency of 46% are shown to be possible. Methods to improve the bandwidth are discussed.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
Chi-Sheng Yu and A. H. Kung, "Grazing-incidence periodically poled LiNbO3 optical parametric oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 16, 2233-2238 (1999)