An all solid-state narrow bandwidth optical parametric oscillator and its applications to the high resolution spectroscopy of free radicals

O. V. Chekhlov, J. A. J. Fitzpatrick, K. N. Rosser, C. M. Western, S. H. Ashworth

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The paper describes the design, performance and illustrative spectroscopic applications of a high power, pulsed, injection seeded, narrow bandwidth and continuously tuneable optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on two β-barium borate (BBO) nonlinear crystals. A ring cavity OPO was injection seeded with an external cavity diode laser in the spectral range 755–855 nm. The OPO generated high power transform limited nanosecond light pulses in this range and, simultaneously, at 606–667 nm. Spectral parameters of the OPO were investigated as a function of pump power for two different cavity lengths. A bandwidth of ∼120 MHz (0.004 cm-1) in the visible has been achieved with a 40-cm-long cavity. The potential of the OPO system is demonstrated by recording high resolution sub-Doppler spectra in the UV of PF and C3 radicals in a pulsed supersonic jet expansion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-876
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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