Abstract

We report on what we believe to be the first demonstration of active mode locking of an optical parametric oscillator. An acousto-optic modulator is inserted into a nearly degenerate (1064nm) and doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator based on periodically poled LiNbO3 and pumped with the second harmonic of a quasi-continuous-wave single-frequency Nd:YAG laser. When the modulation frequency is matched to the free spectral range of the cavity (120MHz), a pulsed regime is observed, with pulse durations as short as 700ps.

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