OPO – Optical Parametric Oscillator

OPO-X fs | ps

Tunable fs & ps OPO for Ti:Sa Laser


Tunable Automated Femtosecond OPO Suitable for Ti:Sa Laser


Overview

OPO-X is a synchronously pumped widely tunable optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for fs or ps Ti:Sapphire laser pumping, covering the wavelength range from 505 … 4000 nm. It is fully automated, i.e. software controlled tuning over the full specified wavelength range. This is made possible by its new control electronics, internal diagnostics, and Control Software packaged conveniently in a new housing.

Maximum Flexibility

OPO-X is based on a FAN crystal, which enables a large flexibility. The OPO wavelength can be tuned independently of the pump wavelength, accepting to be pumped from 740 … 880 nm. This enables a maximum flexibility of simultaneous available wavelengths for the experiment.

At a Glance

  • Suitable for Mira / Mira HP / Chameleon Ultra II / Chameleon Vision II / Tsunami / MaiTai
  • Independent Pump- and Signal tuning
  • Fully automated tuning
  • Windows-based Control Software included
  • Jitter-free generation of pulses
  • Standard Software interface (using TCP/IP)

Ready for fs and ps

All versions of the OPO-X system can be operated in both femto- and picosecond mode (depending on the pump), by simple exchanging a few optical elements.

Customization

OPO- X can be provided with several options and modifications:

  • Output of Idler beam (in addition to output of Signal beam)
  • Depleted pump output (not in combination with Idler)
  • Customized wavelength ranges
  • Adaptation to various pump laser cavity lengths and pump pulse width
  • Difference Frequency Generation for MIR generation up to15 µm
  • Simultaneous access to IR and VIS output

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 OPO-X in Combination with Harmonic Generation

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.


Specifications

OPO-X fs Specificationfs Version
OPO Signal IR1000 … 1600 nm*
Output power at 1100 nm | pumped with 800 nm
  Chameleon Ultra II / Mira HP> 650 mW with 3.5 W pump
  Mira V10> 250 mW with 1.3 W pump
  Mira V5> 75 mW with 0.65 W pump
OPO Signal VIS505 … 740 nm*
Output power at 600 nm | pumped with 800 nm
  Chameleon Ultra II / Mira HP> 500 mW at 3.5 W pump
  Mira V10> 150 mW at 1.3 W pump
  Mira V5> 40 mW at 0.65 W pump
OPO Idler (optional)1750 … 4000 nm*
Pulse widthTyp. 200 fs at 130 fs pump pulse width
Time bandwidth productTyp. 0.6
Polarization Signal and IdlerLinear / horizontal
Polarisation Signal SHG (VIS)Linear / vertical
Beam quality M²< 1.2
Spectrometer range495 … 1630 nm
Repetition rate
(synchroniously pumped)
~ 76 … ~ 80 MHz
Equal to the repetition rate of pump laser; Others on request
Noise< 0.5% RMS**
* Depending on actual pump wavelength
** RMS noise measured in a bandwidth from 10 Hz … 1 MHz
OPO-X ps Specificationps-Version
OPO Signal IR1000 ... 1600 nm*
Output Power @ 1100 nm | Pumped @ 800 nm
  Chameleon Ultra II / Mira HP**> 520 mW @ 2.8 W pump
  Mira V10**> 250 mW @ 1.3 W pump
  Mira V5**> 75 mW @ 0.65 W pump
OPO Signal VIS505 ... 740 nm*
Output Power @ 600 nm | Pumped @ 800 nm
  Chameleon Ultra II / Mira HP> 400 mW @ 2.8 W pump
  Mira V10> 150 mW @ 1.3 W pump
  Mira V5> 40 mW @ 0.65 W pump
OPO Idler (optional)1750 ... 4000 nm*
Pulse Widthtyp. 1.6 ps @ 2 ps pump pulse width
Time Bandwidth Producttyp. 0.6
Polarization Signal and Idlerlinear / horizontal
Polarisation Signal SHG (VIS)linear / vertical
Beam Quality M2< 1.2
Spectrometer Range495 ... 1630 nm
Repetition Rate (synchronioulsy pumped) ~ 76 ... ~ 80 MHz
Depending on and equal to the repetition rate of the pump laser; Others on request
Noise< 0.5% RMS**
* Depending on Actual Pump Wavelength
** RMS Noise Measured in a Bandwidth from 10 Hz ... 1 MHz

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