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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3667–3669

Management of thermal effects in high-repetition-rate pulsed optical parametric oscillators

Antoine Godard, Myriam Raybaut, Thomas Schmid, Michel Lefebvre, Anne-Marie Michel, and Michel Péalat  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 21, pp. 3667-3669 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.003667


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Abstract

We report on the investigation of thermal effects in high-repetition-rate pulsed optical parametric oscillators emitting in the mid-IR. We find that the thermal load induced by the nonresonant idler absorption plays a critical role in the emergence of thermally induced bistability. We then demonstrate a significant improvement of the conversion efficiency (more than 30%) when a proper axial temperature gradient is applied to the nonlinear crystal by use of a two-zone temperature-controlled oven.

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OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2010
Published: October 27, 2010

Citation
Antoine Godard, Myriam Raybaut, Thomas Schmid, Michel Lefebvre, Anne-Marie Michel, and Michel Péalat, "Management of thermal effects in high-repetition-rate pulsed optical parametric oscillators," Opt. Lett. 35, 3667-3669 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-21-3667

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