Picosecond near- to mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator using KTiOAsO4

S French, Alan Miller, Majid Ebrahimzadeh

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Abstract

The operation and characterization of a high-repetition-rate singly-resonant picosecond optical parametric oscillator based on the non-linear material KTiOAsO4 and synchronously pumped by a Kerr-lens-mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser at 81 MHz is described. By utilizing non-critical type II phase-matching in a 10 mm crystal, average near-infrared output powers of 403 mW have been generated at 31% extraction efficiency. The oscillator exhibits a pump power threshold of 230 mW and with the available mirror set can provide signal tuning over 1.116-1.281 mu m and idler tuning over 2.260-3.160 by mu m tuning the pump wavelength over 770-896 nm. Without dispersion compensation, near-transform-limited signal pulses with durations of 1.01-1.03 ps and idler pulses with 1.61-2.91 ps duration have been obtained for 1.2 ps input pump pulses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1021
Number of pages23
JournalOptical and Quantum Electronics
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1997

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