Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator

Markku Vainio, Ville Ulvila, C. R. Phillips, Lauri Halonen

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Abstract

We report a mid-infrared frequency comb generator, which produces up to 3 W of output power. The comb mode spacing is 208 MHz, the spectral bandwidth is ∼300 GHz, and the center wavelength is tunable between 3 and 3.4 μm. The comb generation is based on intracavity difference frequency mixing between near-infrared pump and signal beams of a continuous-wave-pumped optical parametric oscillator. The signal beam, which is resonant in the cavity, acquires a comb structure through cascading quadratic nonlinearities in a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. This comb structure is transferred to the spectrum of the mid-infrared idler beam via the difference frequency mixing process.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Devices, and Applications XIII
PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-9877-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Mar 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 4 Feb 20146 Feb 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE
Volume8964
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceNonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period4/02/146/02/14

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Optical Parametric Oscillator
Optical parametric oscillators
Mid-infrared
parametric amplifiers
continuous radiation
Infrared radiation
Lithium Niobate
Mixing Processes
lithium niobates
Pump
Spacing
Cavity
Lithium
Infrared
Crystal
generators
nonlinearity
Bandwidth
spacing
Pumps

Keywords

  • cascading quadratic nonlinearities
  • Frequency comb
  • mid-infrared
  • optical parametric oscillator

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Vainio, M., Ulvila, V., Phillips, C. R., & Halonen, L. (2014). Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator. In Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII [89640Y] International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE. Proceedings of SPIE, Vol.. 8964 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2053986
Vainio, Markku ; Ulvila, Ville ; Phillips, C. R. ; Halonen, Lauri. / Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator. Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII. International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE, 2014. (Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 8964).
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Vainio, M, Ulvila, V, Phillips, CR & Halonen, L 2014, Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator. in Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII., 89640Y, International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE, Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 8964, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII, San Francisco, CA, United States, 4/02/14. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2053986

Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator. / Vainio, Markku; Ulvila, Ville; Phillips, C. R.; Halonen, Lauri.

Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII. International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE, 2014. 89640Y (Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 8964).

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Vainio M, Ulvila V, Phillips CR, Halonen L. Mid-infrared frequency comb generation using a continuous-wave pumped optical parametric oscillator. In Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XIII. International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE. 2014. 89640Y. (Proceedings of SPIE, Vol. 8964). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2053986