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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 1336–1348

Relaxation oscillation suppression in continuous-wave intracavity optical parametric oscillators

David J. M. Stothard and Malcolm H. Dunn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 1336-1348 (2010)

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We report a solution to the long standing problem of the occurrence of spontaneous and long-lived bursts of relaxation oscillations which occur when a continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator is operated within the cavity of the parent pump-laser. By placing a second nonlinear crystal within the pump-wave cavity for the purpose of second-harmonic-generation of the pump-wave the additional nonlinear loss thereby arising due to up-conversion effectively suppresses the relaxation oscillations with very little reduction in down-converted power.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2010
Published: January 12, 2010

David J. M. Stothard and Malcolm H. Dunn, "Relaxation oscillation suppression in continuous-wave intracavity optical parametric oscillators," Opt. Express 18, 1336-1348 (2010)

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