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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2014
  • pp: 18072–18077

High repetition rate femtosecond double pass optical parametric generator with more than 2 W tunable output in the NIR

Heiko Linnenbank and Stefan Linden  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 15, pp. 18072-18077 (2014)

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We demonstrate a highly efficient double pass optical parametric generator based on periodically poled MgO-doped congruent LiNbO3. More than two watts of tunable near-IR radiation (1370-1650 nm) are generated by directly pumping the system with 550 fs pulses from a 42 MHz repetition rate passively mode-locked Yb:KGW oscillator. Pulse durations below 200 fs were achieved without further compression techniques. The system is extremely efficient, compact, cost effective, easy to align and easy to operate, which makes it an interesting alternative to more complex optical parametric oscillators or optical parametric amplifiers.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 18, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2014
Published: July 18, 2014

Heiko Linnenbank and Stefan Linden, "High repetition rate femtosecond double pass optical parametric generator with more than 2 W tunable output in the NIR," Opt. Express 22, 18072-18077 (2014)

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