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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 3 — Feb. 9, 2004
  • pp: 502–511

Continuous-wave pump-enhanced optical parametric oscillator with ring resonator for wide and continuous tuning of single-frequency radiation

David J. M. Stothard, Ian D. Lindsay, and Malcolm H. Dunn  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pp. 502-511 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.12.000502


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Abstract

We demonstrate a PPLN based pump-enhanced, singly-resonant optical parametric oscillator configured in a traveling wave geometry and pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser. The inclusion of a low finesse etalon within the OPO cavity stabilizes the signal frequency, and rotation of the etalon allows this frequency to be systematically hopped from axial mode to nearest neighbor axial mode over the entire free spectral range of the etalon (83GHz). Tuning of the pump frequency allows the signal frequency to be smoothly tuned over a cavity free spectral range. More than 35mW of single frequency idler power was generated in the spectral range 2800–3000nm for 600mW pump power. The superiority of traveling wave over standing wave geometries in these regards is discussed.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: December 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2004
Published: February 9, 2004

Citation
David Stothard, Ian Lindsay, and Malcolm Dunn, "Continuous-wave pump-enhanced optical parametric oscillator with ring resonator for wide and continuous tuning of single-frequency radiation," Opt. Express 12, 502-511 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-12-3-502


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