Patent Number: 6,295,160

Title: Broad tuning-range optical parametric oscillator

Abstract: An optical parametric oscillator for converting the wavelength of a laser pump beam into a signal wavelength and an idler wavelength. A co-linear double resonance cavity is created with a right angle prism serving as a maximum reflector for both the pump beam as well as the signal and idler beams. A non-linear crystal is positioned within said resonance cavity and is pivoted to tune the oscillator. A pump beam deflector is positioned to deflect the pump beam into the resonance cavity. The deflector preferably is a mirror with a multi-layer coating configured to provide maximum reflection at the wavelength of the pump beam and maximum transmittal of the signal and idler beams over their ranges. The pump beam passes twice through said non-linear crystal and is efficiently converted into said signal and idler beams in said non-linear crystal. The deflector can be placed inside or outside the cavity. In a preferred embodiment the output coupler is an uncoated window.

Inventors: Zhang; Kevin Dapeng (Vista, CA), Margalith; Eli (Solana Beach, CA)

Assignee: Opotek, Inc.

International Classification: G02F 1/35 (20060101); G02F 1/39 (20060101); G02F 001/39 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018