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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19675–19680

Decreased oscillation threshold of a continuous-wave OPO using a semiconductor gain mirror

Mikael Siltanen, Tomi Leinonen, and Lauri Halonen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19675-19680 (2011)

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We have constructed a singly resonant, continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator, where the signal beam resonates and is amplified by a semiconductor gain mirror. The gain mirror can significantly decrease the oscillation threshold compared to an identical system with conventional mirrors. The largest idler beam tuning range reached by changing the pump laser wavelength alone is from 3.6 to 4.7 µm. The single mode output power is limited but can be continuously scanned for at least 220 GHz by adding optical components in the oscillator cavity for increased stability.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(140.7260) Lasers and laser optics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers
(250.5590) Optoelectronics : Quantum-well, -wire and -dot devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2011
Published: September 22, 2011

Mikael Siltanen, Tomi Leinonen, and Lauri Halonen, "Decreased oscillation threshold of a continuous-wave OPO using a semiconductor gain mirror," Opt. Express 19, 19675-19680 (2011)

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