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Applications of synchronously pumped subpicosecond optical parametric oscillators (OPOs)
Author(s): James D. Kafka; Michael L. Watts; Jan-Willem J. Pieterse; Bruce B. Craig
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Paper Abstract

We review the design of an LBO optical parametric oscillator (OPO) synchronously pumped by a cw mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. The synchronously pumped OPO produces 100 fsec pulses at 1.3 and 1.5 micrometers as well as near 600 nm using frequency doubling. We also demonstrate the synchronization of the pump, signal and idler pulses on the 100 fsec time scale. We then review applications that utilize these capabilities. These applications include studies of: InGaAs absorbers, GaAs quantum wells, electro-optic modulators, soliton-soliton interactions, energy transfer in photosynthetic bacteria, uncaging of biological molecules using confocal microscopy, electronic distributions and two photon fluorescence in dyes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2377, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, (10 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206399
Show Author Affiliations
James D. Kafka, Spectra-Physics Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Michael L. Watts, Spectra-Physics Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Jan-Willem J. Pieterse, Spectra-Physics Lasers, Inc. (United States)
Bruce B. Craig, Spectra-Physics Lasers, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2377:
Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II
Christopher P. P. Barty; Frank W. Wise, Editor(s)

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