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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 9 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: 11516–11522

Broadly tunable femtosecond near- and mid-IR source by direct pumping of an OPA with a 41.7 MHz Yb:KGW oscillator

Joachim Krauth, Andy Steinmann, Robin Hegenbarth, Matteo Conforti, and Harald Giessen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 9, pp. 11516-11522 (2013)

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We generate over half a watt of tunable near-IR (1380-1830 nm) and several hundred milliwatts in the mid-IR (2.4-4.2 µm) as well as milliwatt level mid-IR (4.85-9.33 µm) femtosecond radiation by pumping an optical parametric amplifier directly with a 7.4 W Yb:KGW oscillator at 41.7 MHz repetition rate. We use 5 mm PPLN and 2 mm GaSe as downconversion crystals and seed this process by a supercontinuum from a tapered fiber. The system is extremely simple and very stable and could replace more complex OPOs as tunable light sources.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 18, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2013
Published: May 3, 2013

Joachim Krauth, Andy Steinmann, Robin Hegenbarth, Matteo Conforti, and Harald Giessen, "Broadly tunable femtosecond near- and mid-IR source by direct pumping of an OPA with a 41.7 MHz Yb:KGW oscillator," Opt. Express 21, 11516-11522 (2013)

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