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Development of a high power femtosecond optical parametric oscillator for biomedical imaging applications
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Paper Abstract

We report on the development of a widely tunable high power optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on a diode-pumped femtosecond Yb:KGW laser. The laser operates at a wavelength of 1030 nm and can produce up to 3.7 W of average power in 300 fs pulses at 61 MHz repetition rate. Owing to its high peak power (>200 kW) this laser is well suited for the development of the OPO in the near-infrared spectral region. Design considerations of the OPO are also discussed and include the choice of the nonlinear material, its dispersive characteristics, wavelength tuning methods and operating wavelength ranges, phase-matching properties for accurate crystal design as well as OPO pumping configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7099, Photonics North 2008, 70992H (12 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.807827
Show Author Affiliations
Anton Sharapov, Univ. of Manitoba (Canada)
Virginijus Barzda, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Arkady Major, Univ. of Manitoba (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7099:
Photonics North 2008
Réal Vallée; Michel Piché; Peter Mascher; Pavel Cheben; Daniel Côté; Sophie LaRochelle; Henry P. Schriemer; Jacques Albert; Tsuneyuki Ozaki, Editor(s)

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