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Applied Physics B

, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp 987–993 | Cite as

Yb-fiber amplifier pumped idler-resonant PPLN optical parametric oscillator producing 90 femtosecond pulses with high beam quality

  • Lin XuEmail author
  • James S. Feehan
  • Li Shen
  • Anna C. Peacock
  • David P. Shepherd
  • David J. Richardson
  • Jonathan H. V. Price
Article

Abstract

An idler-resonant femtosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) with near-diffraction-limited beam quality (M 2 ~ 1.05) at ~2.4 μm is demonstrated. The OPO is synchronously pumped by a femtosecond Yb-fiber amplifier system providing 130 fs pulses with an average power of 4.5 W at 1,050 nm and delivers 90 fs pulses with maximum average powers of 600 mW for the idler and 670 mW for the signal. Tunability is demonstrated across idler (signal) wavelengths from 2.2 to 2.6 μm (1.76–2.0 μm), limited only by the OPO mirrors. As a demonstration of the utility of the source, the idler pulses are used to generate a supercontinuum from 1,600 to 3,200 nm in a silicon-core fiber.

Keywords

Cavity Length Optical Parametric Oscillator Periodically Pole Lithium Niobate Supercontinuum Generation Group Delay Dispersion 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

This work has been partly funded by EPSRC UK Grants EP/H049371/1 and EP/I02798X/1. We would like to acknowledge valuable discussions with Shaif-ul Alam (ORC, Southampton), Alexander Heidt (ORC, Southampton), Florian Emaury (currently at ETH, Zurich) and Hazel Hung (Covesion Ltd) and assistance from Ho Yin Chan (ORC, University of Southampton).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Xu
    • 1
    Email author
  • James S. Feehan
    • 1
  • Li Shen
    • 1
  • Anna C. Peacock
    • 1
  • David P. Shepherd
    • 1
  • David J. Richardson
    • 1
  • Jonathan H. V. Price
    • 1
  1. 1.Optoelectronics Research CentreUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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