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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2001
  • pp: 706–713

Image-rotating cavity designs for improved beam quality in nanosecond optical parametric oscillators

Arlee V. Smith and Mark S. Bowers  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 5, pp. 706-713 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.18.000706


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Abstract

We show by computer simulation that high beam quality can be achieved in high-energy, nanosecond optical parametric oscillators by use of image-rotating resonators. Lateral walk-off between the signal and the idler beams in a nonlinear crystal creates correlations across the beams in the walk off direction, or equivalently, creates a restricted acceptance angle. These correlations can improve the beam quality in the walk-off plane. We show that image rotation or reflection can be used to improve beam quality in both planes. The lateral walk-off can be due to birefringent walk-off in type II mixing or to noncollinear mixing in type I or type II mixing.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

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Arlee V. Smith and Mark S. Bowers, "Image-rotating cavity designs for improved beam quality in nanosecond optical parametric oscillators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 706-713 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-18-5-706

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