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Compact OPO-based RGB source
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we discuss our red, green, and blue (RGB) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) light source for projection display applications. Our source consists of a diode-pumped pump laser and a LBO-based OPO. Based on our Nd:YLF gain-module design, the pump laser is frequency doubled to serve as the pump source for the OPO. The unconverted pump power is recycled as the green light for projection. The singly resonant, non-critically phase- matched OPO has, to date, generated 13 W of 898-nm signal power and an estimated 9.3 W of intra-cavity idler power at 1256 nm. With approximately 76% of pump depletion, the power of the residual green light for projection is about 5.8 W. We have extra-cavity doubled the signal to produce approximately 3.5 W of 449-nm blue light and intra-cavity doubled the idler to produce approximately 6 W of 628-nm red light. The OPO-based RGB source generates about 4000 lumens of D65-balanced white light. The overall electrical power luminous efficiency (diodes only) is about 14.6 lumens/Watt.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4294, Projection Displays VII, (30 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.420777
Show Author Affiliations
Dicky Lee, Q-Peak, Inc. (United States)
Peter F. Moulton, Q-Peak, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4294:
Projection Displays VII
Ming Hsien Wu, Editor(s)

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