We report the demonstration of a cw AgGaS2 optical parametric oscillator (OPO). The subharmonic (3ω → 2ω + ω) OPO is configured as a doubly resonant oscillator with weak pump enhancement. The temperature-tuned, noncritically phase-matched crystal is pumped by a diode laser at λp ≈ 845 nm . Oscillation at λs ≈ 1267 nm and λi ≈ 2535 nm is observed at an input threshold power of 60 mW. Crystal thermal loading induces a robust passive self-frequency stabilization of any single-axial-mode pair to the OPO cavity resonance. The conversion efficiency is limited by thermal effects to 2% for a 200-mW pump input.
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A. Douillet and J.-J. Zondy, "Low-threshold, self-frequency-stabilized AgGaS2 continuous-wave subharmonic optical parametric oscillator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1259-1261 (1998)