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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 26475–26483

A 22-watt mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator with V-shaped 3-mirror ring resonator

Espen Lippert, Helge Fonnum, Gunnar Arisholm, and Knut Stenersen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 26475-26483 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.026475


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Abstract

We report on a ZnGeP2-based optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with 22 W of output power in the 3-5 µm range and a beam quality factor M2 ≈1.4. The OPO uses a novel V-shaped 3-mirror ring resonator that allows two passes of the beams through the same nonlinear crystal. The pump is a 39 W hybrid Tm:fiber laser/Ho:YAG laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(230.5750) Optical devices : Resonators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2010
Published: December 2, 2010

Citation
Espen Lippert, Helge Fonnum, Gunnar Arisholm, and Knut Stenersen, "A 22-watt mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator with V-shaped 3-mirror ring resonator," Opt. Express 18, 26475-26483 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-25-26475


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