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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1998
  • pp: 1886–1888

Periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric amplifier seeded with the narrow-band filtered output of an optical parametric generator

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


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 24, pp. 1886-1888 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.001886


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Abstract

The results of a simple scheme to generate continuously tunable pulsed narrow-bandwidth (less than 0.1 cm -1) light in the infrared are presented. A periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) optical parametric amplifier is seeded with the filtered output of a PPLN optical parametric generator. A high-finesse Fabry–Perot etalon is used as the filtering element, giving bandwidths as narrow as 0.08 cm -1 and tunable over 18 cm -1 without any adjustments to the PPLN crystals. High efficiency is obtained with a 15-ns 1-kHz Nd:YAG laser, giving energies of up to 180 µJ of signal at 1.6 µm and 60 µJ of idler at 3.3 µm .

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OCIS Codes
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser

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P. E. Powers, K. W. Aniolek, T. J. Kulp, B. A. Richman, and S. E. Bisson, "Periodically poled lithium niobate optical parametric amplifier seeded with the narrow-band filtered output of an optical parametric generator," Opt. Lett. 23, 1886-1888 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-24-1886

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