Efficient frequency doubling by a phase–compensated crystal in a semimonolithic cavity

Irit Juwiler, Ady Arie

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Abstract

In multiple–pass nonlinear frequency conversion devices, interacting waves may accumulate different phases, owing to dispersive elements in the system. Phase compensation is therefore necessary for efficient frequency conversion. We experimentally demonstrate phase compensation in a compact semimonolithic frequency–doubling cavity by using a periodically poled KTP crystal. The conversion efficiency of the crystal was found to decrease at high pump powers, owing to power–dependent thermal lensing. This experimental observation was supported by a theoretical calculation of the conversion efficiency in a cavity, considering the mismatch between the mode’s thermally loaded and unloaded cavities. A design procedure was also presented to compensate for the thermal lensing effect. The highest conversion efficiency of 56.5%, corresponding to a second–harmonic power of 117.5mWat 532 nm, was achieved with a cw Nd:YAG pump power of 208 mW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7163-7169
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Optics
Volume42
Issue number36
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2003

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