Using 100-ps Nd:YAG pump pulses, we synchronously pump an optical parametric oscillator with intracavity difference-frequency mixing (DFM) between the signal and the idler. The cavity is singly resonant at the signal frequency. The signal, idler, and difference wavelengths are near 1.5, 3.5, and 2.8µm , respectively. Periodically poled lithium niobate is used for both interactions. Results show an 80% enhancement in the idler power-conversion efficiency and an idler photon-conversion efficiency of 110% when the DFM interaction is phase matched. Backconversion of the pump is suppressed when the DFM interaction is phase matched, and pump depletion increases from 65% to 79% at full pump power.
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M. E. Dearborn, Karl Koch, Gerald T. Moore, and J. C. Diels, "Greater than 100% photon-conversion efficiency from an optical parametric oscillator with intracavity difference-frequency mixing," Opt. Lett. 23, 759-761 (1998)