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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 1996
  • pp: 591–593

Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3

L. E. Myers, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, R. L. Byer, and W.R. Bosenberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 8, pp. 591-593 (1996)

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We report a widely tunable quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator that uses periodically poled LiNbO3 with a multigrating structure. The device is tuned by translation of the crystal through the resonator and pump beam, with no realignment needed. With a 1.064-μm acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YAG pump laser, we produced noncritically phase-matched tunable IR output from 1.36 to 4.83 μm. The threshold was 6 μJ for a 26-mm interaction length. The extraordinary polarization of LiNbO3 has better IR transmission than does the ordinary polarization, permitting operation at longer wavelengths with d33 quasi-phase matching than with conventional Type I birefringent phase matching.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 14, 1995
Published: April 15, 1996

L. E. Myers, W.R. Bosenberg, R. C. Eckardt, M. M. Fejer, and R. L. Byer, "Multigrating quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillator in periodically poled LiNbO3," Opt. Lett. 21, 591-593 (1996)

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