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Low-threshold BBO OPO with cylindrical focusing
Author(s): Sheng Wu; Geoffrey A. Blake; Sunny Sun; Jiwu Ling
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Paper Abstract

The design of a BBO OPO cavity based on cylindrical focusing of the pump beam in the insensitive plane of the non-linear crystal is presented and characterized. A variety of beam sizes in the sensitive plane of the BBO crystal are investigated, and in all cases this cavity design is found to significantly lower the operational threshold pulse energy of 355 nm pumped type I BBO OPOs. With optimal beam focussing parameters, the measured threshold intensity of 45 MW/cm2 is similar to that of conventional OPOs, but the threshold pulse energy of 0.4 mJ is some twenty times lower than that found in circularly symmetric pump beams. Pump pulse energies in this range can now be routinely achieved with diode-pumped Q-switched lasers, and the combination of these sources with cylindrically-focussed OPO cavities should result in a new class of all-solid-state high repetition rate and high average power non-linear light sources that can be tuned over the entire visible wavelength region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1998
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 3263, Nonlinear Optical Engineering, (19 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308346
Show Author Affiliations
Sheng Wu, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Geoffrey A. Blake, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Sunny Sun, CASIX, Inc. (United States)
Jiwu Ling, CASIX, Inc. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3263:
Nonlinear Optical Engineering
Metin S. Mangir, Editor(s)

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