An intracavity optical parametric oscillator with very high repetition rate and broad tunability based upon room temperature periodically-poled MgO:LiNbO3 with fanned grating design

David J. M. Stothard, Cameron F. Rae, Malcolm Harry Dunn

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Abstract

We report a low-pump-threshold, very high-repetition-rate, singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped internally to a diode-pumped, Q-switched Nd : YVO4 laser. The OPO, based upon a 27.0-32.5-mu m periodically poled MgO : LiNbO3 crystal with fan grating design, exhibits a broad tunability range of 1.38-1.79 mu m (Delta lambda(s) = 411 nm) and 2.62-4.64 mu m (Delta lambda(i) = 2019 nm) in the signal and idler fields, respectively. For an external diode pump power of only 3 W, up to 150 mW of idler were extracted from the device or, when the signal field was output coupled, 330 and 100 mW of signal and idler, respectively, were simultaneously obtained. By taking advantage of the intracavity parametric cavity dumping process, repetition rates in excess of 350 kHz were achieved whilst maintaining high down-conversion efficiency. We demonstrate the potential of this device in spectroscopic applications with an absorption measurement of low concentration CH4 .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-263
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Laser dynamics
  • laser tuning
  • nonlinear optics
  • spectroscopy
  • CONTINUOUS-WAVE
  • LITHIUM-NIOBATE
  • PHASE
  • LASER
  • DYNAMICS

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