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Power and energy scaling for quasi-phase-matched OPOs
Author(s): Kenneth L. Schepler; Mark J. Missey; Ned O'Brien; Peter E. Powers
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Paper Abstract

Successful incorporation into military electro-optics systems requires laser sources that are compact, reliable, versatile, and inexpensive. All-solid-state devices can meet these requirements but additional power, pulse energy, and wavelength criteria must also be met. Nonlinear frequency conversion is a viable solution for generation of high power at mid-infrared (2 - 5 μm) wavelengths. Recent advances in quasi-phasematching (QPM), particularly periodically poled lithium niobate, have shown QPM devices to be highly efficient and broadly tunable in the mid-IR. In this paper we review efforts to scale both the average power and the energy per pulse of QPM optical parametric devices pumped by Nd lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3793, Operational Characteristics and Crystal Growth of Nonlinear Optical Materials, (28 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351414
Show Author Affiliations
Kenneth L. Schepler, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Mark J. Missey, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Ned O'Brien, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Peter E. Powers, Univ. of Dayton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3793:
Operational Characteristics and Crystal Growth of Nonlinear Optical Materials
Ravindra B. Lal; Donald O. Frazier, Editor(s)

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