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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2012
  • pp: 7046–7053

Octave-spanning ultrafast OPO with 2.6-6.1µm instantaneous bandwidth pumped by femtosecond Tm-fiber laser

Nick Leindecker, Alireza Marandi, Robert L. Byer, Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, Jie Jiang, Ingmar Hartl, Martin Fermann, and Peter G. Schunemann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 7, pp. 7046-7053 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.007046


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Abstract

We report the extension of broadband degenerate OPO operation further into mid-infrared. A femtosecond thulium fiber laser with output centered at 2050 nm synchronously pumps a 500-μm-long crystal of orientation patterned GaAs providing broadband gain centered at 4.1 µm. We observe a pump threshold of 17 mW and output bandwidth extending from 2.6 to 6.1 µm at the −30 dB level. Average output power was 37 mW. Appropriate resonator group dispersion is a key factor for achieving degenerate operation with instantaneously broad bandwidth. The output spectrum is very sensitive to absorption and dispersion introduced by molecular species inside the OPO cavity.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 20, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2012
Published: March 13, 2012

Virtual Issues
Modular Ultrafast Lasers (Invited Only) (2012) Optics Express

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Nick Leindecker, Alireza Marandi, Robert L. Byer, Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, Jie Jiang, Ingmar Hartl, Martin Fermann, and Peter G. Schunemann, "Octave-spanning ultrafast OPO with 2.6-6.1µm instantaneous bandwidth pumped by femtosecond Tm-fiber laser," Opt. Express 20, 7046-7053 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-7-7046


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