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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 17979–17984

Ultra-broadband pulse evolution in optical parametric oscillators

Derryck T. Reid  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 17979-17984 (2011)

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Ultrashort-pulse evolution inside a optical parametric oscillator is described by using a nonlinear-envelope-equation approach, eliminating the assumptions of fixed frequencies and a single χ(2) process associated with conventional solutions based on the three coupled-amplitude equations. By treating the interacting waves as a single propagating field, the experimentally-observed behaviors of singly and doubly-resonant OPOs are predicted across near-octave-spanning bandwidths, including situations where the nonlinear crystal provides simultaneous phasematching for multiple nonlinear processes.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2011
Published: August 29, 2011

Derryck T. Reid, "Ultra-broadband pulse evolution in optical parametric oscillators," Opt. Express 19, 17979-17984 (2011)

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