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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 7602–7610

High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode

Florian Kienle, Kang K. Chen, Shaif-ul Alam, Corin B. E. Gawith, Jacob I. Mackenzie, David C. Hanna, David J. Richardson, and David P. Shepherd  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 7602-7610 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.007602


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Abstract

We demonstrate a picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is synchronously pumped by a fiber-amplified gain-switched laser diode. At 24W of pump power, up to 7.3W at 1.54µm and 3.1W at 3.4µm is obtained in separate output beams. The periodically poled MgO-doped LiNbO3 OPO operates with ~17ps pulses at a fundamental repetition rate of 114.8MHz but can be switched to higher repetition rates up to ~1GHz. Tunabilty between 1.4µm and 1.7µm (signal) and 2.9µm and 4.4µm (idler) is demonstrated by translating the nonlinear crystal to access different poling-period gratings and typical M2 values of 1.1 by 1.2 (signal) and 1.6 by 3.2 (idler) are measured at high power for the singly resonant oscillator.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 18, 2010
Published: March 29, 2010

Citation
Florian Kienle, Kang K. Chen, Shaif-ul Alam, Corin B. E. Gawith, Jacob I. Mackenzie, David C. Hanna, David J. Richardson, and David P. Shepherd, "High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode," Opt. Express 18, 7602-7610 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-8-7602


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