Compact, single-frequency, doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator pumped in an achromatic phase-adapted double-pass geometry

B. Hardy, A. Berrou, S. Guilbaud, M. Raybaut, A. Godard, M. Lefebvre

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We report on a nested-cavity, doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (NesCOPO) architecture for widely tunable, mid-IR, single-frequency generation. By use of an achromatic phase-adapted double-pass pumping scheme, this new, low-threshold, semimonolithic architecture only requires two free-standing cavity mirrors and a nonlinear crystal with a mirror coating deposited on its input facet while the other facet is antireflection coated. It is thus as simple and compact as any basic linear optical parametric oscillator cavity, is easily tunable, and displays low sensitivity to mechanical vibrations. Using a high-repetition-rate (4.8 kHz) microlaser as the pump source of the NesCOPO, we demonstrate a compact source that provides pulsed, stable single-frequency output over a wide spectral range (3.8-4.3 mu m) with a high peak power (up to 50W), which are properties well suited for practical gas sensing applications. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-680
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011



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