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High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode

High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode
High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode
We demonstrate a picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is synchronously pumped by a fiber-amplified gain-switched laser diode. At 24W of pump power, up to 7.3W at 1.54µm and 3.1W at 3.4µm is obtained in separate output beams. The periodically poled MgO-doped LiNbO3 OPO operates with ~17ps pulses at a fundamental repetition rate of 114.8MHz but can be switched to higher repetition rates up to ~1GHz. Tunability between 1.4µm and 1.7µm (signal) and 2.9µm and 4.4µm (idler) is demonstrated by translating the nonlinear crystal to access different poling-period gratings and typical M2 values of 1.1 by 1.2 (signal) and 1.6 by 3.2 (idler) are measured at high power for the singly resonant oscillator.
nonlinear optics, parametric oscillators and amplifiers, ultrafast lasers
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7602-7610
Kienle, Florian
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Chen, Kang K.
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Alam, Shaif-ul
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Gawith, Corin B.E.
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Mackenzie, Jacob I.
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Richardson, David J.
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Alam, Shaif-ul
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Mackenzie, Jacob I.
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Richardson, David J.
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Shepherd, David P.
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Kienle, Florian, Chen, Kang K., Alam, Shaif-ul, Gawith, Corin B.E., Mackenzie, Jacob I., Hanna, David C., Richardson, David J. and Shepherd, David P. (2010) High-power, variable repetition rate, picosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by an amplified gain-switched diode. Optics Express, 18 (8), 7602-7610. (doi:10.1364/OE.18.007602).

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We demonstrate a picosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is synchronously pumped by a fiber-amplified gain-switched laser diode. At 24W of pump power, up to 7.3W at 1.54µm and 3.1W at 3.4µm is obtained in separate output beams. The periodically poled MgO-doped LiNbO3 OPO operates with ~17ps pulses at a fundamental repetition rate of 114.8MHz but can be switched to higher repetition rates up to ~1GHz. Tunability between 1.4µm and 1.7µm (signal) and 2.9µm and 4.4µm (idler) is demonstrated by translating the nonlinear crystal to access different poling-period gratings and typical M2 values of 1.1 by 1.2 (signal) and 1.6 by 3.2 (idler) are measured at high power for the singly resonant oscillator.

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Published date: 12 April 2010
Keywords: nonlinear optics, parametric oscillators and amplifiers, ultrafast lasers
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 145007
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/145007
ISSN: 1094-4087
PURE UUID: 6db447ee-3ea4-4ad9-ab5d-44e83c2a4582
ORCID for Corin B.E. Gawith: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3502-3558
ORCID for Jacob I. Mackenzie: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3355-6051
ORCID for David J. Richardson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7751-1058
ORCID for David P. Shepherd: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4561-8184

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Date deposited: 15 Apr 2010 15:47
Last modified: 08 Oct 2019 00:56

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Author: Florian Kienle
Author: Kang K. Chen
Author: Shaif-ul Alam
Author: David C. Hanna
Author: David P. Shepherd ORCID iD

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