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Periodically poled lithium niobate and quasi-phase-matched optical parametric oscillators

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2 Author(s)
Myers, L.E. ; Lightwave Electron. Corp., Mountain View, CA, USA ; Bosenberg, W.R.

Since their introduction two years ago, quasi-phase-matched (QPM) optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) have moved into the mainstream of OPO research. This has been made possible by continuing improvements and availability of the microstructured nonlinear material periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN). Demonstrations of PPLN OPOs now span the range of pulse formats and power levels. The most significant area of development is low-peak-power devices where operation with conventional materials is difficult. In this paper, we describe the current state of this research, including OPOs pumped by high-repetition-rate (>30 kHz) Q-switched diode-pumped solid state lasers, and CW singly resonant OPOs with >3-W output power in the 3-4-μm range

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 10 )

Date of Publication:

Oct 1997

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