Analytical solution for a lossy singly resonant optical parametric oscillator

Er'el Granot, Shaul Pearl, Michael M. Tilleman

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We present a simple analytical solution for a singly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO). The analysis permits calculating the depletion efficiency of the OPO even when the resonated signal (or idler) suffers from strong intracavity losses. The main results are (1) that the maximum efficiency as a function of the pump power is highly dependent on the mirror reflectivity and on the intracavity losses; (2) that the threshold intensity and the pump intensity at which maximum efficiency is reached depend on the reflectivity, and the ratio between the two intensities maintains the relation 1 ≤ Imax3/Ith ≤ π2/4; and (3) that the maximum efficiency for a Gaussian beam is 70%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


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