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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1577–1579

High-power, Yb-fiber-laser-pumped, picosecond parametric source tunable across 752–860 nm

S. Chaitanya Kumar, O. Kimmelma, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1577-1579 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001577


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Abstract

We report a stable, high-power source of picosecond pulses in the near-infrared based on intracavity second harmonic generation (SHG) of a MgO:PPLN optical parametric oscillator synchronously pumped at 81 MHz by a mode-locked Yb-fiber laser. By exploiting the large spectral acceptance bandwidth for Type I (ooe) SHG in β-BaB2O4 and a 5 mm crystal, we have generated picosecond pulses over 752–860 nm spectral range under minimal angle tuning, with as much as 3.5 W of output power at 778 nm and >2W over 73% of the tuning range, in good beam quality with TEM00 spatial profile and M2<1.4. The SHG output pulses have durations of 15.2 ps, with a spectral bandwidth of 3.4nm at 784 nm. In addition, the oscillator simultaneously provides a signal power of >1W over 1505–1721 nm (25 THz) and idler power >1.8W over 2787–3630 nm (25 THz), corresponding to a total (signal plus idler) tuning range of 1059 nm. The SHG, signal, and idler output exhibit passive long-term power stability better than 1.6%, 1.3%, and 1.6% rms, respectively, over 14 h.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2012
Published: May 2, 2012

Citation
S. Chaitanya Kumar, O. Kimmelma, and M. Ebrahim-Zadeh, "High-power, Yb-fiber-laser-pumped, picosecond parametric source tunable across 752–860 nm," Opt. Lett. 37, 1577-1579 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-9-1577


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