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A 243mJ eye-safe injection-seeded KTA ring-cavity optical parametric oscillator
Author(s): Robert J. Foltynowicz; Michael D. Wojcik
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Paper Abstract

We have demonstrated a 243mJ, eye-safe, injection seeded, non-critically phase-matched (NCPM), singly resonant oscillator (SRO), KTA ring-cavity optical parametric oscillator (OPO). The OPO was pumped with a single mode 7ns FWHM, 30Hz, Q-switched, Nd:YAG at a wavelength of 1064.162nm. The OPO was injection-seeded utilizing a single longitudinal (SLM) distributed feedback (DFB) diode laser. As a result, the KTA OPO generated an eye-safe signal wavelength of 1535.200nm with a maximum energy of 243mJ, a conversion efficiency of 27%, a cavity mode seed range of 853MHz FWHM, and a maximum M2=30. This high energy, eye-safe OPO could potentially increase the sensitivity and range capabilities of elastic LIDAR and DIAL systems which are used for remote sensing applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2011
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 8037, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVI, 80371A (8 June 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883437
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Robert J. Foltynowicz, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Wojcik, Space Dynamics Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8037:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVI
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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