Abstract

A β-barium borate optical parametric oscillator pumped by the third harmonic of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser and seeded by a cw diode laser is described. It operates on a single longitudinal mode of its cavity, with a linewidth lower than 500 MHz (0.017 cm−1). The conversion efficiency of the device is as great as 20% on signal output alone. The seeded tuning range is limited by the diode’s tunability.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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