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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2165–2167

Microsecond fiber laser pumped, single-frequency optical parametric oscillator for trace gas detection

Jessica Barrientos Barria, Sophie Roux, Jean-Baptiste Dherbecourt, Myriam Raybaut, Jean-Michel Melkonian, Antoine Godard, and Michel Lefebvre  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2165-2167 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.002165


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Abstract

We report on the first microsecond doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO). It is based on a nested cavity OPO architecture allowing single longitudinal mode operation and low oscillation threshold (few microjoule). The combination with a master oscillator-power amplifier fiber pump laser provides a versatile optical source widely tunable in the 3.3–3.5 μm range with an adjustable pulse repetition rate (from 40 to 100 kHz), high duty cycle (102) and mean power (up to 25 mW in the idler beam). The potential for trace gas sensing applications is demonstrated through photoacoustic detection of atmospheric methane.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2013
Published: June 18, 2013

Citation
Jessica Barrientos Barria, Sophie Roux, Jean-Baptiste Dherbecourt, Myriam Raybaut, Jean-Michel Melkonian, Antoine Godard, and Michel Lefebvre, "Microsecond fiber laser pumped, single-frequency optical parametric oscillator for trace gas detection," Opt. Lett. 38, 2165-2167 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-13-2165


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