OPO – Optical Parametric Oscillator

Tunable Automated ps OPO Suitable For an External IR ps Laser as Pump


Levante IR – ps is a synchronously pumped OPO (optical parametric oscillator) in an innovative new design. The pump source is a mode-locked  laser emitting at 1 µm fixed. The generation of the Signal and Idler pulses in a parametric process is jitter-free with respect to each other as well as to the pump pulse.

New Automated Version

The accessible wavelength range for the Signal output is 1315 … 2000 nm and the wavelength range for the Idler output is 2150 … 4700 nm (when pumped @ 1032 nm). The wavelength tuning itself is now fully automated.

At a Glance

  • Fully controllable via PC and automated wavelength tuning
  • Perfectly synchronized output pulses
  • Standard Software Interface (using TCP/IP)
  • Integrated spectrometer for OPO Signal wavelength range

Power Scaling

An OPO is especially suited for power scaling because it uses a parametric process for operation – compared to a laser process with intrinsic heating due to the quantum defect – where there is no intrinsic heat generated by the parametric process in an OPO.

Acquisition Software and TCP/IP Standard Software Interface

All models come with an easy to use data acquisition software, allowing for real-time data display. Furthermore, the TCP/IP-based standard software interface by APE makes it straight forward to set up remote control. This allows you, for example, to design your own automated measurement routines. Simply use our protocol templates for rapid configuration with familiar programming languages, including C++, C#, LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, and Ruby.

OPO Revolution

Short documentary that travels the world to examine how APE optical parametric oscillator (OPO) systems are enabling next generation work in solar cells, cancer research, biomedicine, surgical procedures, molecular science, and more.

More Wavelength with Levante in Combination with Harmonic Generation

Levante IR ps is a versatile narrow bandwidth light source for picosecond pulses. When combined with extra-cavity SHG (Second Harmonic Generation), THG (Third Harmonic Generation) and DFG (Difference Frequency Generation) wavelength converters of the HarmoniXX series, almost every wavelength from 660 nm up to 15 μm can be generated.


Levante IR ps Specification 
Wavelength range (Signal)1315 ... 2000 nm @ 1032 nm
Output power (Signal)1500 nm > 1,5 W @ 7.5 W, 2 ps; > 2 W @ 10 W, 6 ps pump; 1032 nm
Pulse widthtyp. 2 ps @ 2 ps pump
Time bandwidth producttyp. 0,6
Pulse repetition rateca. 80 MHz (depending on pump laser)
Wavelength range (Idler)2150 nm ... 4800 nm @ 1032 nm
Idler Output Power2500 nm > 0,6 W @ 7.5 W, 2 ps; > 0,8 W @ 10 W, 6 ps pump; 1032 nm
Appropriate pump parameters2 ... 10 W | 1030 ... 1064 nm | 1 ... 10 ps;
Repetition rate 75 ... > 80 MHz (fixed at time of order)

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