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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 13 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 12220–12226

Optical vortex pumped mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator

Katsuhiko Miyamoto, Sachio Miyagi, Masaki Yamada, Kenji Furuki, Nobuyuki Aoki, Masahito Okida, and Takashige Omatsu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12220-12226 (2011)

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The first demonstration of a mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator pumped by 1-μm optical vortex pulses is presented. A 0.5-mJ 2-μm fractional vortex pulse having half-integer topological charge is generated. Using this system, 0.24-mJ vortex pulses with a topological charge of 1 can be created. The topological charges of the mid-infrared vortex pulses are observed by an interferometric technique in combination with second-harmonic frequency conversion.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2011
Published: June 8, 2011

Katsuhiko Miyamoto, Sachio Miyagi, Masaki Yamada, Kenji Furuki, Nobuyuki Aoki, Masahito Okida, and Takashige Omatsu, "Optical vortex pumped mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Express 19, 12220-12226 (2011)

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