We introduce a new concept for a wavelength-tunable frequency-doubled laser diode with a single control parameter. The concept is based on intracavity frequency doubling in an external resonator geometry with spatial separation of the spectral components. The use of a fan-structured periodically poled LiTaO<sub>3</sub> crystal permits tuning of both the fundamental and the second harmonic simultaneously with one aperture. We demonstrate tunability over more than 10 nm in the blue (480.4 to 490.6 nm) with output powers of the order of 50 nW.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
Jörg Zimmermann, Jens Struckmeier, Martin R. Hofmann, and Jan-Peter Meyn, "Tunable blue laser based on intracavity frequency doubling with a fan-structured periodically poled LiTaO3 crystal," Opt. Lett. 27, 604-606 (2002)