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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2000
  • pp: 557–559

Microlaser-pumped periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric generator-optical parametric amplifier

K. W. Aniolek, R. L. Schmitt, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, and P. E. Powers  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 8, pp. 557-559 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.000557


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Abstract

For what is believed to be the first time, a single-longitudinal-mode passively <i>Q</i>-switched Nd:YAG microlaser is used to pump a narrow-bandwidth periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric generator–optical parametric amplifier (OPG–OPA). Before amplification in the OPA, the output of the OPG stage was spectrally filtered with an air-spaced etalon, resulting in spectroscopically useful radiation (bandwidth, ∼0.05 cm<sup>-1</sup> FWHM) that was tunable in 15-cm<sup>-1</sup> segments anywhere in the signal range 6820–6220 cm<sup>-1</sup> and the idler range 2580–3180 cm<sup>-1</sup>. The ability to pump an OPG–OPA with compact, high-repetition-rate, intrinsically narrow-bandwidth microlasers is made possible by the high gain of PPLN. The result is a tunable light source that is well suited for use in portable spectroscopic gas sensors.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

Citation
K. W. Aniolek, R. L. Schmitt, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, S. E. Bisson, and P. E. Powers, "Microlaser-pumped periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric generator-optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 25, 557-559 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-8-557

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