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Synchronously pumped mid-infrared OPOs using silver gallium sulphide
Author(s): Kenneth J. McEwan; Jonathan A. C. Terry; John Payne
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Paper Abstract

Synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) offer great promise for the generation of high average power radiation in the mid-infrared waveband. In this report, we assess the potential of using a silver gallium sulphide (AgGaS2) OPO to achieve such high powers. A number of different OPO cavity configurations have been designed and tested to optimize the conversion efficiency. The pump laser (Nd:YAG) operates at 1.064 micrometer and is both mode-locked and Q-switched. The Q-switch repetition rate is variable between 0.5 and 2 kHz and the maximum mean power available is 8.5 W. Both linear and ring cavities have been tested and the most efficient design produced separate high quality signal and idler beams of average power 1.45 W (1.44 micrometers) and 620 mW (4.06 micrometers) at a pulse repetition rate of 2 kHz. It is believed that these near and mid-infrared powers represent the highest to date with a AgGaS2 OPO.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3265, Solid State Lasers VII, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308693
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Kenneth J. McEwan, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Jonathan A. C. Terry, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
John Payne, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3265:
Solid State Lasers VII
Richard Scheps, Editor(s)

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