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Diode Pumped Parametric Oscillator

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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1993 / SBIR
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12777 High Bluff Drive San Diego, CA 92130
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Diode Pumped Parametric Oscillator
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,786.00


Direct pumping of an OPO by diode laser represents the most desirable and most efficient configuration for a parametric source in the mid-infrared. Combining recent advances in single frequency diode lasers with advanced nonlinear materials offering advantageous phase matching properties, we propose to demonstrate a parametric oscillator directly pumped by a laser diode. As state-of-the-art diode laser pump sources provide sw and quasi-cw output, the parametric oscillator will operate in a cw or long pulse regime. In contrast to previous cw parametric oscillators, the system will rely on non-degenarate operation of the OPO, thus providing 2 distinct output wavelengths, with the signal and/or idler output lying in a region of high atmospheric transmission. Our design utilizes a non-critically phase matched interaction in silver thiogallate, AgGaS sub2 , to achieve a long interaction length and low threshold. Singly resonant operation as well as a lower threshold doubly resonant system will be explored. Following the evaluation of various pump/oscillator designs, the proposed Phase I program includes a series of risk reduction experiments to verify the baseline design and choice of nonlinear gain medium. These experiments include the demonstration of a cw pumped doubly resonant OPO.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Maurice Pessot

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Laser Power Corp
12777 High Bluff Rd. San Diego, CA 92130

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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No