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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 9 — Apr. 27, 2009
  • pp: 7304–7309

Broadband tunable optical parametric amplification from a single 50 MHz ultrafast fiber laser

Yan-Wei Tzeng, Yen-Yin Lin, Chen-Han Huang, Jian-Ming Liu, Hsiang-Chen Chui, Hsiang-Lin Liu, James M. Stone, Jonathan C. Knight, and Shi-Wei Chu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 9, pp. 7304-7309 (2009)

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We have demonstrated a 0.7 μm – 1.9 μm wavelength-tunable light source based on a single-pass optical parametric amplification (OPA) in a multiperiod magnesium oxide-doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The OPA pump was a frequency-doubled ultrafast ytterbium-doped fiber oscillator, and the residual 1040 nm laser power after frequency doubling was recycled to generate a supercontinuum seeding source. Compared with conventional OPAs, this system is free from timing jitter between the pump laser and the seeding source. Over 50% conversion efficiency was obtained with 10 nJ pump energy. Combined with a 50 MHz repetition rate, this versatile source is ideal for biomedical and spectroscopic applications.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2009
Published: April 17, 2009

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