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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2011
  • pp: 475–477

Stable operation of a cw optical parametric oscillator near the signal–idler degeneracy

Markku Vainio and Lauri Halonen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 475-477 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.000475


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Abstract

The frequency stability of a cw optical parametric oscillator (cw OPO) near the signal–idler degeneracy has been studied. The strong tendency of a near-degenerate OPO to mode hop has been suppressed by using a bulk Bragg grating as a spectral filter in the OPO cavity. An experimental demonstration of stable parametric oscillation in a single longitudinal mode of the OPO cavity is reported, together with the capability of tuning the signal–idler difference frequency from 1 to 4 THz . The OPO has potential use in cw terahertz generation.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 2, 2011
Published: February 4, 2011

Citation
Markku Vainio and Lauri Halonen, "Stable operation of a cw optical parametric oscillator near the signal–idler degeneracy," Opt. Lett. 36, 475-477 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-4-475

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