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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 3 — Mar. 18, 2011

Energy-scalable pulsed mid-IR source using orientation-patterned GaAs

Douglas French, Rita Peterson, and Igor Jovanovic  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 496-498 (2011)

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Coherent mid-IR sources based on orientation-patterned GaAs (OPGaAs) are of significant interest in diverse scientific, medical, and military applications. The generation of long-wavelength mid-IR beams in OPGaAs using optical parametric oscillation exhibits limitations in the obtainable pulse energy and peak power. The master oscillator power amplifier concept is demonstrated in OPGaAs, by which a mid-IR source based on optical parametric oscillation can be scaled to high energy by amplification of the output of the optical parametric oscillator in an optical parametric amplifier (OPA). A fivefold increase in the pulse energy is obtained using this method by amplifying 3.85 μm pulses in an OPGaAs OPA pumped by a Th,Ho:YLF Q-switched laser.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.5970) Nonlinear optics : Semiconductor nonlinear optics including MQW

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2010
Published: February 7, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 3 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Douglas French, Rita Peterson, and Igor Jovanovic, "Energy-scalable pulsed mid-IR source using orientation-patterned GaAs," Opt. Lett. 36, 496-498 (2011)

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