Optimization of Line-Focusing Geometry for Efficient Nonlinear Frequency Conversion from Copper-Vapor Lasers

David W. Coutts*

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Detailed parametric investigations of line foci for efficient nonlinear frequency conversion of copper-vapor laser are presented. For a single medium-scale copper-vapor laser (nominally 20 W), the optimum focal geometry for efficient second-harmonic and sum-frequency generation in BBO is to focus a 3.75-mm-diameter beam into the crystal with an f = 60 mm cylindrical lens. Using such a focal geometry, UV powers of up to 1.75 W (SHG of the green), 1.2 W (SHG yellow), and 1.5 W (SFG) have been produced with peak instantaneous conversion efficiency of up to 48%. Conversion efficiencies are most sensitive to the F-number of the cylindrical focusing, with the optimum F-number being approximately 16, and are relatively insensitive to the width of the focused beam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2208-2214
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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