Narrow-Linewidth Megahertz-Repetition-Rate Optical Parametric Oscillator for High-Speed Flow and Combustion Diagnostics
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND CHEMISTRY
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We demonstrate the ability to generate ultra-high-frequency sequences of broadly wavelength-tunable, high-intensity laser pulses using a custom-built optical parametric oscillator pumped by the third harmonic output of a burst-mode NdYAG laser. Burst sequences consisting of 6-10 pulses separated in time by 6-10 microsecond are obtained, with average total conversion efficiency from the 355 nm pump to the near-IR signal and idler wavelengths of approx. 33. Typical individual pulse output energy for the signal and idler beams is in the range of 4-6 mJ, limited by the available pump energy. Line narrowing is demonstrated by means of injection seeding the idler wave using a low-power external-cavity diode laser at 827 nm. It is shown that seeding reduces the time-averaged linewidth of both the signal and idler outputs to approx 300 MHz, which is near the 220 MHz Fourier transform limit. Line narrowing is achieved without recourse to active cavity stabilization.
- Lasers and Masers
- Combustion and Ignition