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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 10720–10730

Investigations on the beam pointing stability of a pulsed optical parametric oscillator

Andreas Fix and Christian Stöckl  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 10720-10730 (2013)

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Although the beam pointing stability of optical parametric oscillators and amplifiers is important for various applications few results on this parameter have been published. Here, we investigate the beam pointing stability of an injection-seeded, nanosecond optical parametric oscillator, compare it to its pump laser, and measure correlations between them. Although correlation between both quantities are found, the beam pointing stability of the OPO is significantly better that the one of its pump. Furthermore, the concept of the Allan variance is applied to analyze the temporal components of the pointing stability.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2013
Published: April 25, 2013

Andreas Fix and Christian Stöckl, "Investigations on the beam pointing stability of a pulsed optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Express 21, 10720-10730 (2013)

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