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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 4 — Feb. 19, 2007
  • pp: 1474–1479

Octave-spanning, high-power microstructure-fiber-based optical parametric oscillators

Jay E. Sharping, Mark A. Foster, Alexander L. Gaeta, Jacob Lasri, Ove Lyngnes, and Kurt Vogel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 1474-1479 (2007)

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We investigate femtosecond optical parametric oscillators (OPO’s) based on short pieces of microstructure fiber that generate sub-picosecond pulses with record average output power (50 mW) and >200 nm of wavelength tunability (yellow to near-IR). Signal and conjugate (idler) fields spanning an octave are also demonstrated. These systems can operate with a wide range of microstructure fibers, pump laser wavelengths and pulse durations, and our analysis shows that in terms of wavelength tunability and output power using short (less than a few cm’s) optical fibers leads to performance that is superior to that with longer lengths.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2007
Published: February 19, 2007

Jay E. Sharping, Mark A. Foster, Alexander L. Gaeta, Jacob Lasri, Ove Lyngnes, and Kurt Vogel, "Octave-spanning, high-power microstructure-fiber-based optical parametric oscillators," Opt. Express 15, 1474-1479 (2007)

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