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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1614–1616

Compact, actively Q-switched optical parametric oscillator

R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 22, pp. 1614-1616 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001614


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Abstract

An ultracompact, actively Q -switched optical parametric oscillator (OPO) has been realized that is only 30 mm in length, based on a semimonolithic microchip laser, a quadrupole deflector, and a monolithic periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The OPO threshold was 550 mW when Nd:YAG was used as the gain material and 590 mW for Nd:Y VO<sub>4</sub>, giving signal pulses of as much as 8.7 μJ in energy with Nd:YAG at 1 kHz and 5.9-mu;J pulses with Nd:Y VO<sub>4</sub> at 5 kHz, for 1.2- and 2-W laser diode pumping, respectively. The output was single frequency and could be tuned over the range 1540–3440 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

Citation
R. S. Conroy, C. F. Rae, M. H. Dunn, B. D. Sinclair, and J. M. Ley, "Compact, actively Q-switched optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 24, 1614-1616 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-22-1614


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