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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11123–11131

One-Watt level mid-IR output, singly resonant, continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator pumped by a monolithic diode laser

Ab F. Nieuwenhuis, Chris J. Lee, Bernd Sumpf, Peter J.M. van der Slot, Götz Erbert, and Klaus-J. Boller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11123-11131 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.011123


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Abstract

We report more than 1.1 Watt of idler power at 3373 nm in a singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (SRO), directly pumped by a single-frequency monolithic tapered diode laser. The SRO is based on a periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 crystal in a four mirror cavity and is excited by 8.05 W of 1062 nm radiation. The SRO pump power at threshold is 4 W. The internal slope-efficiency and conversion efficiency reach 89% and 44% respectively. The signal and idler waves are temperature tuned in the range of 1541 to 1600 nm and 3154 to 3415 nm respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest output obtained for a diode pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO), and the first time a SRO is directly pumped by a monolithic tapered diode laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 4, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2010
Published: May 11, 2010

Citation
Ab F. Nieuwenhuis, Chris J. Lee, Bernd Sumpf, Peter J. M. van der Slot, Götz Erbert, and Klaus-J. Boller, "One-Watt level mid-IR output, singly resonant, continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator pumped by a monolithic diode laser," Opt. Express 18, 11123-11131 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-11-11123


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