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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1548–1550

Monolithic optical parametric oscillator using chirped quasi-phase matching

Karl A. Tillman and Derryck T. Reid  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 11, pp. 1548-1550 (2007)

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We describe a highly efficient monolithic, Q-switched, nanosecond optical parametric oscillator based on a magnesium-oxide-doped periodically poled lithium niobate crystal and containing multiple quasi-phase-matched gratings. The crystal consisted of a single unchirped grating and five gratings containing progressively increasing amounts of longitudinal chirp. The monolithic design makes the device highly compact, stable, and robust, and it demonstrated a pump-to-signal conversion efficiency of around 50%, generating 50 μ J pulses at 1.55 μ m with a spectral bandwidth of 20 nm . Sonogram traces are presented showing the effect of crystal chirp on the temporal and spectral performance.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2007
Published: May 15, 2007

Karl A. Tillman and Derryck T. Reid, "Monolithic optical parametric oscillator using chirped quasi-phase matching," Opt. Lett. 32, 1548-1550 (2007)

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