Quasi-phase-matched generation of tunable blue light in a quasi-periodic structure

Ping Xu, Kun Li, Gang Zhao, Shi Ning Zhu, Yan Du, Shuai Hua Ji, Yong Yuan Zhu, Nai Ben Ming, L. Luo, K. F. Li, Kok Wai CHEAH

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We present what is to our knowledge a new approach to generating tunable blue light by cascaded nonlinear frequency conversion in a single LiTaO3 crystal. Simultaneous quasi-phase matching of an optical parametric generation process and a sum-frequency mixing process is achieved by means of structuring the crystal with a quasi-periodic optical superlattice. The spectral (wavelength tuning and bandwidth) and power characteristics of the blue-light generation are studied with a fixed-wavelength 532-nm picosecond laser and a wavelength-tunable nanosecond optical parametric oscillator (OPO) as the pump sources. By tuning the OPO wavelength, we could tune the blue output over ~20 nm. Temperature tuning of the blue output at a fixed pump wavelength of 532 nm was limited to ~1.5 nm. A maximum blue power of 15 mW was generated at a pump power of 0.5 µW, corresponding to an efficiency of 3%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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