, Volume 98, Issue 4, pp 729-735
Date: 19 Dec 2009

Green-pumped cw singly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on MgO:PPLN with frequency stabilization to an atomic resonance

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Abstract

We report on a green-pumped continuous-wave singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (cw SRO) based on MgO-doped periodically poled LiNbO3. Operating the SRO at crystal temperatures between 40.0°C to 80.0°C an idler wavelength range of 1406–1451 nm can be accessed. The system provides stable single-frequency idler radiation of more than 300 mW at a pump power of 2 W while featuring a low threshold (<1.2 W). Above a pump power of 2.1 W we observe multimode operation, which is similar to the behavior reported for infrared-pumped SROs. To show the applicability of the device we demonstrate Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy of the cesium D2 line using the signal wave and frequency stabilization to a crossover resonance of the D2 transition.