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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2004
  • pp: 777–790

Coupled-wave theory for distributed-feedback optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators

Yen-Chieh Huang and Yuan-Yao Lin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 777-790 (2004)

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We have derived a coupled-wave theory for optical parametric amplification and oscillation in a dielectric-modulated nonlinear optical material whose dielectric period is in resonance with the signal wave. The theory is fully consistent with the Manley–Rowe relation for nonlinear frequency conversion. A distributed-feedback optical parametric oscillator, while it retains most of the mode characteristics of a distributed-feedback laser, has the additional advantage of wavelength selectivity. Unlike a distributed-feedback laser amplifier, a distributed-feedback optical parametric amplifier, when it is seeded with an idler wave, does not have the problem of seed-signal feedback. The idler wave, which does not exist in an ordinary distributed-feedback laser, has a profound influence on the mode thresholds and resonance frequencies of a distributed-feedback optical parametric oscillator.

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(140.3490) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, distributed-feedback
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

Yen-Chieh Huang and Yuan-Yao Lin, "Coupled-wave theory for distributed-feedback optical parametric amplifiers and oscillators," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 777-790 (2004)

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