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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 7 — Apr. 7, 2014
  • pp: 8556–8564

Mid-infrared source with 0.2 J pulse energy based on nonlinear conversion of Q-switched pulses in ZnGeP2

Magnus W. Haakestad, Helge Fonnum, and Espen Lippert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 7, pp. 8556-8564 (2014)

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Mid-infrared (3–5 μm) pulses with high energy are produced using nonlinear conversion in a ZnGeP2-based master oscillator-power amplifier, pumped by a Q-switched cryogenic Ho:YLF oscillator. The master oscillator is based on an optical parametric oscillator with a V-shaped 3-mirror ring resonator, and the power amplifier is based on optical parametric amplification in large-aperture ZnGeP2 crystals. Pulses with up to 212 mJ energy at 1 Hz repetition rate are obtained, with FWHM duration 15 ns and beam quality M2 = 3.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 25, 2014
Published: April 2, 2014

Magnus W. Haakestad, Helge Fonnum, and Espen Lippert, "Mid-infrared source with 0.2 J pulse energy based on nonlinear conversion of Q-switched pulses in ZnGeP2," Opt. Express 22, 8556-8564 (2014)

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