An injection seeded narrow bandwidth pulsed optical parametric oscillator and its application to the investigation of hyperfine structure in the PF radical

James A. J. Fitzpatrick, Oleg V. Chekhlov, John M. F. Elks, Colin M. Western, Stephen Ashworth

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

21 Citations (Scopus)


We describe the construction of an all solid-state, narrow bandwidth, pulsed optical parametric oscillator (OPO) based on ß-barium borate nonlinear crystals. The OPO was injection seeded by an external cavity diode laser in the range 755–855 nm to generate high power narrow bandwidth tunable light in this range and simultaneously at 606–669 nm. The bandwidth of the visible light was ~130 MHz, and after frequency doubling or sum frequency mixing with the second harmonic of the pump Nd:YAG laser, sub-Doppler spectra with an overall resolution of 450 MHz were taken in the UV. The system is demonstrated by taking high-resolution spectra of the v' = 2–3 and 5–7 bands of the A?3?–X?3S-(v',0) progression and the v' = 4–v? = 0 band of the d?1?–a?1? transition in PF. These spectra show clear hyperfine structure, and an analysis of this structure is presented and interpreted in terms of the electronic structure of the molecule. As a prelude to this high-resolution study, the first ten members of the A–X band system and the first five members of the d–a band system were recorded at the moderate resolution provided by a pulsed dye laser.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6920
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Cite this