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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1999
  • pp: 975–977

Parametric oscillator directly pumped by a 1.55-μm erbium-fiber laser

P. E. Britton, H. L. Offerhaus, D. J. Richardson, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 14, pp. 975-977 (1999)

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We report what is believed to be the first demonstration of an optical parametric oscillator directly pumped by the 1.55-μm output of an erbium-doped fiber laser. The oscillator, based on periodically poled lithium niobate, produced 8-μJ idler output near 3.8 μm at a 500-Hz repetition rate when it was pumped with 100-μJ 60-ns pulses at 1.55 μm . Temperature tuning of the 50-mm-long PPLN crystal gave signal and idler ranges of 2.55 to 2.7 μm and 3.65 to 3.96 μm , respectively, limited by mirror reflectivity. A signal-tuning range of 40 nm was observed for 13.5 nm of pump tuning with a fixed grating period and temperature. The optical parameter oscillator could be operated at low temperature with no sign of photorefractive damage.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

P. E. Britton, H. L. Offerhaus, D. J. Richardson, P. G. R. Smith, G. W. Ross, and D. C. Hanna, "Parametric oscillator directly pumped by a 1.55-μm erbium-fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 24, 975-977 (1999)

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