OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 13 — Jun. 22, 2009
  • pp: 10648–10658

Stable, continuous-wave, intracavity, optical parametric oscillator pumped by a semiconductor disk laser (VECSEL).

D. J. M. Stothard, J-M. Hopkins, D. Burns, and M. H. Dunn  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 13, pp. 10648-10658 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.010648


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (364 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

We report relaxation oscillation free, true continuous-wave operation of a singly-resonant, intracavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based upon periodically-poled, MgO-doped LiNbO3 and pumped internal to the cavity of a compact, optically-excited semiconductor disk laser (or VECSEL). The very short upper-laser-state lifetime of this laser gain medium, coupled with the enhancing effect of the high-finesse pump laser cavity in which the OPO is located, enables a low threshold, high efficiency intracavity device to be operated free of relaxation oscillations in continuous-wave mode. By optimizing for low-power operation, parametric threshold was achieved at a diode-laser power of only 1.4W. At 8.5W of diode-laser power, 205mW of idler power was extracted, indicating a total down-converted power of 1.25W, and hence a down-conversion efficiency of 83%.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 30, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 29, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2009
Published: June 10, 2009

Citation
D. J. Stothard, J-M. Hopkins, D. Burns, and M. H. Dunn, "Stable, continuous-wave, intracavity, optical parametric oscillator pumped by a semiconductor disk laser (VECSEL).," Opt. Express 17, 10648-10658 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-13-10648


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. F. Kuhnemann, K. Schneider, A. Hecker, A. A. E. Martis, W. Urban, S. Schiller, and J. Mlynek, "Photoacoustic trace-gas detection using a cw single-frequency parametric oscillator," Appl. Phys. B-Lasers Optic. 66(6), 741-745 (1998).
  2. D. J. M. Stothard, M. H. Dunn, and C. F. Rae, "Hyperspectral imaging of gases with a continuous-wave pump- enhanced optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Express 12(5), 947-955 (2004), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-5-947. [CrossRef]
  3. I. D. Lindsay, P. Gross, C. J. Lee, B. Adhimoolam, and K. J. Boller, "Mid-infrared wavelength- and frequency-modulation spectroscopy with a pump-modulated singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Express 14(25), 12341-12346 (2006), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-25-12341. [CrossRef]
  4. G. von Basum, D. Halmer, P. Hering, M. Murtz, S. Schiller, F. Muller, A. Popp, and F. Kuhnemann, "Parts per trillion sensitivity for ethane in air with an optical parametric oscillator cavity leak-out spectrometer," Opt. Lett. 29(8), 797-799 (2004). [CrossRef]
  5. I. D. Lindsay, G. A. Turnbull, M. H. Dunn, and M. Ebrahimzadeh, "Doubly resonant continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator pumped by a single-mode diode laser," Opt. Lett. 23(24), 1889-1891 (1998). [CrossRef]
  6. G. M. Gibson, G. R. Morrison, P. L. Hansen, M. H. Dunn, and M. J. Padgett, "Dynamic behaviour of a doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Commun. 136(5-6), 423-428 (1997). [CrossRef]
  7. F. G. Colville, M. J. Padgett, and M. H. Dunn, "Continuous-Wave, Dual-Cavity, Doubly Resonant, Optical Parametric Oscillator," Appl. Phys. Lett. 64(12), 1490-1492 (1994). [CrossRef]
  8. D. Lee and N. C. Wong, "Tuning characteristics of a cw dual-cavity KTP optical parametric oscillator," Appl. Phys. B-Lasers Opt. 66(2), 133-143 (1998).
  9. G. M. Gibson, M. H. Dunn, and M. J. Padgett, "Application of a continuously tunable, cw optical parametric oscillator for high-resolution spectroscopy," Opt. Lett. 23, 40 (1998). [CrossRef]
  10. W. R. Bosenberg, A. Drobshoff, J. I. Alexander, L. E. Myers, and R. L. Byer, "Continuous-wave singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3," Opt. Lett. 21(10), 713 (1996). [CrossRef]
  11. S. E. Bisson, K. M. Armstrong, T. J. Kulp, and M. Hartings, "Broadly tunable, mode-hop-tuned cw optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium niobate," Appl. Opt. 40(33), 6049-6055 (2001). [CrossRef]
  12. G. Robertson, M. J. Padgett, and M. H. Dunn, "Continuous-wave singly resonant pump-enhanced type II LiB3O5 optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 19(21), 1735 (1994). [CrossRef]
  13. T. Petelski, R. S. Conroy, K. Bencheikh, J. Mlynek, and S. Schiller, "All-solid-state, tunable, single-frequency source of yellow light for high-resolution spectroscopy," Opt. Lett. 26(13), 1013-1015 (2001). [CrossRef]
  14. F. G. Colville, M. H. Dunn, and M. Ebrahimzadeh, "Continuous-wave, singly resonant, intracavity parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 22(2), 75 (1997). [CrossRef]
  15. T. J. Edwards, G. A. Turnbull, M. H. Dunn, and M. Ebrahimzadeh, "Continuous-wave, singly-resonant, optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled KTiOPO4," Opt. Express 6(3), 58-63 (2000), http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-6-3-58. [CrossRef]
  16. D. J. M. Stothard, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and M. H. Dunn, "Low pump threshold, continuous-wave, singly resonant, optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1895 (1998). [CrossRef]
  17. D. J. M. Stothard, P. Y. Fortin, A. Carleton, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and M. H. Dunn, "Comparison of continuous-wave optical parametric oscillators based on periodically poled LiNbO3 and periodically poled RbTiOAsO4 pumped internal to a high-power Nd : YVO4 laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20(10), 2102-2108 (2003). [CrossRef]
  18. G. A. Turnbull, D. J. M. Stothard, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and M. H. Dunn, "Transient Dynamics of CW Intracavity Singly Resonant Optical Parametric Oscillators," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 35(11), 1666-1672 (1999). [CrossRef]
  19. A. Carleton, D. J. M. Stothard, I. D. Lindsay, M. Ebrahimzadeh, and M. H. Dunn, "Compact, continuous-wave, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled RbTiOAsO4 in a Nd : YVO4 laser," Opt. Lett. 28(7), 555-557 (2003). [CrossRef]
  20. M. Kuznetsov, F. Hakimi, R. Sprague, and A. Mooradian, "Design and characteristics of high-power (> 0.5-W CW) diode-pumped vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting semiconductor lasers with circular TEM00 beams," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 5(3), 561-573 (1999).
  21. J. Y. Kim, S. Cho, S. M. Lee, G. B. Kim, J. Lee, J. Yoo, K. S. Kim, T. Kim, and Y. Park, "Highly efficient green VECSEL with intra-cavity diamond heat spreader," Electron.Lett. 43(2), 105-107 (2007). [CrossRef]
  22. A. J. Maclean, A. J. Kemp, S. Calvez, J. Y. Kim, T. Kim, M. D. Dawson, and D. Burns, "Continuous tuning and efficient intracavity second-harmonic generation in a semiconductor disk laser with an intracavity diamond heatspreader," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 44(3-4), 216-225 (2008). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited