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Vol. 35

Steve Lecomte,
Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers
and Optical Parametric Oscillators
with Gigahertz Pulse Repetition Rates
1st edition 2005. XXIV, 130 pages, 64,00. ISBN 3-89649-982-3

Optical sources generating pulse trains with gigahertz repetition rates are needed for several applications and particularly for telecommunication through optical fibers. In this thesis, broadly wavelength tunable optical sources generating ultra-high average output power with gigahertz pulse repetition rates will be presented. This new type of multi-gigahertz sources are based on optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) that were pumped with passively mode-locked diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 lasers. The Nd:YVO4 lasers have been optimized either for high average output power or for short pulses. Issues related to each design are discussed as well as technological limitations and future improvements. The performances of these diode-pumped multi-gigahertz lasers have been pushed to unprecedented levels in terms of repetition rates and average output powers. Following a comprehensive presentation of the relevant OPO design parameters, an extensive study of the different OPOs cavity geometries is presented. To push the OPO repetition rates, fiber amplifiers have been used. OPOs with repetition rates up to 82 GHz, 2.1-W signal average output power (at a repetition rate of 39 GHz), and wavelength tuning over 154 nm (at a repetition rate of 10 GHz) covering the S, C, and L telecommunication bands will be depicted.

Steve Lecomte graduated in 1998 with a diploma in physics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. In 1999, he joined the Institute of Quantum Electronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. His research focused on optically reconfigurable doped-polymer waveguides, nonlinear optics with organic molecules and polymers, ultrafast solid-state lasers, fiber amplifiers, and optical parametric oscillators. He has written and co-authored more than 25 scientific journal articles and conference contributions.

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