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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1093–1095

Continuous-wave sodium D 2 resonance radiation generated in single-pass sum-frequency generation with periodically poled lithium niobate

J. Yue, C.-Y. She, B. P. Williams, J. D. Vance, P. E. Acott, and T. D. Kawahara  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 7, pp. 1093-1095 (2009)

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With two cw single-mode Nd:YAG lasers at 1064 and 1319 nm and a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, 11 mW of 2 kHz 100 ms bandwidth single-mode tunable 589 nm cw radiation has been detected using single-pass sum-frequency generation. The demonstrated conversion efficiency is 3.2 % [ W 1 cm 1 ] . This compact solid-state light source has been used in a solid-state–dye laser hybrid sodium fluorescence lidar transmitter to measure temperatures and winds in the upper atmosphere ( 80 105 km ) ; it is being implemented into the transmitter of a mobile all-solid-state sodium temperature and wind lidar under construction.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(130.3730) Integrated optics : Lithium niobate
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2009
Published: March 30, 2009

J. Yue, C.-Y. She, B. P. Williams, J. D. Vance, P. E. Acott, and T. D. Kawahara, "Continuous-wave sodium D2 resonance radiation generated in single-pass sum-frequency generation with periodically poled lithium niobate," Opt. Lett. 34, 1093-1095 (2009)

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