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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 22515–22527

Tuning and stability of a singly resonant continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator close to degeneracy

Markku Vainio, Cécile Ozanam, Ville Ulvila, and Lauri Halonen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 22515-22527 (2011)

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Wavelength tuning and stability characteristics of a singly resonant continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator (cw OPO) in the proximity of signal-idler degeneracy have been studied. The OPO is made singly resonant by using a Bragg grating as a spectral filter in the OPO cavity. The signal-idler frequency difference can be tuned from 0.5 to 7 THz, which makes the OPO suitable for cw THz generation by optical heterodyning. The operation of the OPO within this singly-resonant regime is characterized by a strong self-stabilization effect. A gradual transition to an unstable, doubly-resonant regime is observed for a signal-idler detuning smaller than ~0.5 THz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Lasers, Mode Locking and Parametric Oscillation

Original Manuscript: August 31, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 5, 2011
Published: October 25, 2011

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Markku Vainio, Cécile Ozanam, Ville Ulvila, and Lauri Halonen, "Tuning and stability of a singly resonant continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator close to degeneracy," Opt. Express 19, 22515-22527 (2011)

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