Cavity mode effects in an injection-seeded pulsed optical parametric oscillator

J. G. Haub*, G. W. Baxter, B. J. Orr

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Abstract

Several experiments examine how passive-cavity, injection-seeded optical parametric oscillator (OPOs) can be tuned continuously. This paper illustrates continuous tuning of an ECDL-seeded ring-cavity β-barium borate (BBO), OPO, with no mode hops (which would occur in 1.8-GHz steps) throughout a scan of 30 GHz. Also considered is a linear-cavity BBO OPO, set up to operate at signal and idler wavelengths of 532 nm and 1.06 μm with 355-nm pumping. The observed phenomena depend upon several factors: conventional 'misalignment finesse' effects in a Fabry-Perot cavity of high Fresnel number; nonlinear-optical coupling within the pumped OPO gain medium; operation of the OPO as a doubly resonant oscillator (prior to cavity detuning), with the signal wave much more strongly resonant than the idler. The implications for convenient spectroscopic control of injection-seeded OPOs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe - Technical Digest
Editors Anon
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages140
Number of pages1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe - Hamburg, Ger
Duration: 8 Sep 199613 Sep 1996

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1996 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe, CLEO/Europe
CityHamburg, Ger
Period8/09/9613/09/96

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