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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2012
  • pp: 144–152

Green-pumped, picosecond MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator

Florian Kienle, Dejiao Lin, Shaif-ul Alam, Hazel S. S. Hung, Corin B. E. Gawith, Huw E. Major, David J. Richardson, and David P. Shepherd  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 1, pp. 144-152 (2012)

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We investigate the performance of a magnesium-oxide-doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystal (MgO:PPLN) in an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) synchronously pumped by 530 nm , 20 ps , 230 MHz pulses with an average power of up to 2 W from a frequency-doubled, gain-switched LD seed and a multistage Yb:fiber amplifier system. The OPO produces 165 mW (signal, 845 nm ) and 107 mW (idler, 1421 nm ) of average power for 1 W of pump power and can be tuned from 800 to 900 nm (signal) and 1.28 to 1.54 μm (idler). Observations of photorefraction and green-induced infrared absorption in different operational regimes of the MgO:PPLN OPO are described and the role of peak intensity and average power are investigated, both with the aim to find the optimal operating regime for pulsed systems.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 6, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2011
Published: December 9, 2011

Florian Kienle, Dejiao Lin, Shaif-ul Alam, Hazel S. S. Hung, Corin B. E. Gawith, Huw E. Major, David J. Richardson, and David P. Shepherd, "Green-pumped, picosecond MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 144-152 (2012)

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