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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 3128–3135

Control of signal coherence in parametric frequency mixing with incoherent pumps: narrowband mid-infrared light generation by downconversion of broadband amplified spontaneous emission source at 1550 nm

Stefan Wabnitz, Antonio Picozzi, Alessandro Tonello, Daniele Modotto, and Guy Millot  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 11, pp. 3128-3135 (2012)

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We study, with numerical simulations using the generalized nonlinear envelope equation, the processes of optical parametric and difference- and sum-frequency generation (SFG) with incoherent pumps in optical media with both quadratic and third-order nonlinearity, such as periodically poled lithium niobate. With ultrabroadband amplified spontaneous emission pumps or continua (spectral widths > 10 THz ), group-velocity matching of a near-IR pump and a short-wavelength mid-IR (MIR) idler in optical parametric generation may lead to more than 15-fold relative spectral narrowing of the generated MIR signal. Moreover, the SFG process may also lead to 6-fold signal coherence improvements. When using relatively narrowband filtered noise pumps (e.g., spectral widths < 1 THz ), the signal from optical parametric, sum-frequency, and difference-frequency generation has nearly the same spectral width as that of the incoherent pump.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 15, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2012
Published: October 24, 2012

Stefan Wabnitz, Antonio Picozzi, Alessandro Tonello, Daniele Modotto, and Guy Millot, "Control of signal coherence in parametric frequency mixing with incoherent pumps: narrowband mid-infrared light generation by downconversion of broadband amplified spontaneous emission source at 1550 nm," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 3128-3135 (2012)

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