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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 4131–4136

Grating tunable 4 - 14 µm GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped at 3 µm

K. L. Vodopyanov, I. Makasyuk, and P. G. Schunemann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 4131-4136 (2014)

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We demonstrate a broadly and continuously tunable optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on orientation-patterned GaAs (OP-GaAs) operating at 2 kHz repetition rate. With the choice of the pump wavelength near λ = 3 µm, we were able to achieve tunable output in the whole range of 4-14.2 µm with a linewidth between 2 and 6 cm−1, using a single OP-GaAs structure with a domain reversal period of 150 µm. The OPO output was tuned using (i) an intracavity diffraction grating, and (ii) fine adjustment of the pump wavelength near 3 µm. In certain portions of the spectrum this system potentially allows fast (sub-millisecond scale) wavelength tuning over > 2500 nm by fast steering the diffraction grating at a fixed pump wavelength.

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OCIS Codes
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2014
Published: February 14, 2014

K. L. Vodopyanov, I. Makasyuk, and P. G. Schunemann, "Grating tunable 4 - 14 µm GaAs optical parametric oscillator pumped at 3 µm," Opt. Express 22, 4131-4136 (2014)

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