Abstract

We report a continuous-wave (cw) optical parametric oscillator (OPO) generating optical vortices tunable in the ultraviolet (UV). Based on MgO:sPPLT as the nonlinear crystal, the singly resonant OPO is pumped by a cw vortex beam in the green, and deploying intracavity sum-frequency generation (SFG) between the undepleted pump and the Gaussian resonant signal in the crystal of BiB3O6, it can generate optical vortices of order, luv=1 and 2, tunable across 332–344 nm in the UV with a maximum power of 12 mW. Due to conservation of orbital angular momentum in the parametric process, the OPO also produces a non-resonant idler output beam in a vortex spatial profile of order li=1 and 2, identical to the pump vortex, with the signal beam in Gaussian distribution. The idler vortex is tunable across 1172–1338 nm with maximum output power of 1.3 W.

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