Abstract

We compare linear, planar ring, and rotated image singly resonant twisted rectangle (RISTRA) type nanosecond optical parametric oscillator cavities using HgGa2S4 nonlinear crystal pumped by 8 ns pulses at 1064 nm from a low beam quality pump source. The input–output characteristics and the output idler beam quality at 6300 nm are compared for two values of the pump beam diameter presenting different cavity Fresnel numbers and magnitudes of the spatial walk-off effect due to birefringence. The RISTRA cavity ensures in all cases a circular output beam profile but is advantageous in terms of beam quality with respect to the planar ring only at a large pump beam diameter.

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