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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 27 — Dec. 19, 2011
  • pp: 26660–26665

High-power, fiber-laser-pumped, picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:sPPLT

S. Chaitanya Kumar and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 26660-26665 (2011)

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We report a stable, high-power, mid-infrared synchronously-pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) based on MgO:sPPLT, pumped by a 1064 nm, picosecond Yb-fiber laser operating at a repetition rate of 81.1 MHz. The singly resonant SPOPO is tunable over 1531-1642 nm (111 nm) in the near-infrared signal and 3022-3488 nm (466 nm) in the mid-infrared idler, providing a total tuning range of 577 nm. Careful optimization of output coupling results in a signal output power as high as 4.3 W at 1593 nm and a mid-infrared idler power of 2 W at 3204 nm for 13.4 W of pump power at a total extraction efficiency of 47%. The SPOPO can be operated near room temperature, down to 30 °C, and exhibits passive peak-to-peak power stability better than 8.6% at 1568 nm (signal) and 8.2% at 3310 nm (idler) over 13 hours at full power. The output signal pulses have duration of 17.5 ps, with a FWHM spectral bandwidth of 1.4 nm centered at 1568 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2011
Published: December 14, 2011

S. Chaitanya Kumar and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, "High-power, fiber-laser-pumped, picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:sPPLT," Opt. Express 19, 26660-26665 (2011)

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