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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12302–12309

Compact high-power optical source for resonant infrared pulsed laser ablation and deposition of polymer materials

V. Z. Kolev, M. W. Duering, B. Luther-Davies, and A. V. Rode  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12302-12309 (2006)

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We propose a novel tuneable table-top optical source as an alternative to the free electron laser currently used for resonant infrared pulsed laser deposition of polymers. It is based on two-stage pulsed optical parametric amplification using MgO doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystals. Gain in excess of 106 in the first stage and pump depletion of 58% in the second stage were achieved when the system was pumped by a high-power Nd:YVO4 picosecond laser source at 1064 nm and seeded by a CW tuneable diode laser at 1530 nm. An average power of 2 W was generated at 3.5 µm corresponding to 1.3 µJ pulse energy.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

V. Z. Kolev, M. W. Duering, B. Luther-Davies, and A. V. Rode, "Compact high-power optical source for resonant infrared pulsed laser ablation and deposition of polymer materials," Opt. Express 14, 12302-12309 (2006)

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