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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1999
  • pp: 133–135

Frequency-agile kilohertz repetition-rate optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium niobate

Steven T. Yang and Stephan P. Velsko  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 133-135 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.000133


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Abstract

We report kilohertz repetition-rate pulse-to-pulse wavelength tuning from 3.22 to 3.7 μm in a periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Rapid tuning over 400 cm-1 with random wavelength accessibility is achieved by rotation of the pump beam angle by no more than 24 mrad in the PPLN crystal by use of an acousto-optic beam deflector. Over the entire tuning range, a near-transform-limited OPO bandwidth can be obtained by means of injection seeding with a single-frequency 1.5-μm laser diode. The frequency agility, high repetition rate, and narrow bandwidth of this mid-IR PPLN OPO make it well suited as a lidar transmitter source.

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Steven T. Yang and Stephan P. Velsko, "Frequency-agile kilohertz repetition-rate optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled lithium niobate," Opt. Lett. 24, 133-135 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-3-133


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