Tunable β-barium borate optical parametric oscillator

operating characteristics with and without injection seeding

A. Fix, T. Schröder, R. Wallenstein, J. B. Haub, M. J. Johnson, B. J. Orr

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Abstract

The operating characteristics of a pulsed β-barium borate optical parametric oscillator, pumped at 355 nm by a single-mode Nd:YAG laser, are described. This device operates with high conversion efficiency (up to 61Yo) and high output energy (> 100 mJ) over most of its wide tuning range (0.41-2.7 μm). Continuous narrow-band tuning over as wide a range as 140 cm-' is achieved by injection seeding with light from a tunable pulsed dye laser. The spectroscopic potential of this narrow-band β-barium borate optical parametric oscillator is demonstrated by recording photoacoustic spectra of acetylene gas in the near-infrared spectral range.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1744-1750
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume10
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1993

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