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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 2 — Jan. 19, 2009
  • pp: 437–446

Generation of tuneable 589nm radiation as a Na guide star source using an optical parametric amplifier

Malte Duering, Vesselin Kolev, and Barry Luther-Davies  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 2, pp. 437-446 (2009)

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We describe a 5.5W 589nm source based on a passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser and a multi-stage Lithium Triborate optical parametric amplifier seeded by a tuneable semiconductor laser. We show this system can produce rapidly tuneable, transform-limited pulses in near diffraction-limited beams at 589nm, useful for Na guide star applications. The attraction of this scheme is that it can be assembled from commercially available hardware and is readily scalable to high average powers.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 18, 2008
Published: January 6, 2009

Malte Duering, Vesselin Kolev, and Barry Luther-Davies, "Generation of tuneable 589nm radiation as a Na guide star source using an optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 17, 437-446 (2009)

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