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Continuous-wave pump-enhanced singly resonant optical parametric oscillator pumped by an extended-cavity diode laser

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4 Author(s)
Lindsay, I.D. ; J. F. Allen Physics Research Laboratories, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS, Scotland ; Petridis, C. ; Dunn, M.H. ; Ebrahimzadeh, M.

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A continuous-wave pump-enhanced singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) directly pumped by a grating-stabilized external-cavity diode laser operating at ≈810 nm is described. The OPO was based on periodically poled LiNbO3 and could be tuned over 1.06–1.19 μm at the signal and 2.58–3.44 μm at the idler. The OPO threshold was typically 25–30 mW over the observed tuning range. Up to 4 mW of one-directional idler output was obtained for 62 mW of external-cavity diode laser pump power. The high stability of the external-cavity diode-laser pump source allowed locked, single-mode OPO operation for periods of greater than 1 h. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:78 ,  Issue: 7 )