Wereport on the first BaGa4Se7 nanosecond optical parametric oscillator pumped by Q-switched Nd:YLiF4 laser at 1053 nm. The oscillator exhibits a pump threshold energy as low as 0.25 mJ. Midinfrared (MIR) idler wave tuning from 2.6 μmto 10.4 μmis demonstrated with an angle-tuned type-I (o-ee) y-cut sample, highlighting the superior performance of this novel large bandgap chalcogenide nonlinear crystal to generate tunable coherent radiation over its full MIR transparency range (0.47−18 μm). The phase-matching data are used to identify the most accurate dispersion relations of this compound among three recently published Sellmeier equations. Damage threshold measurements yielded values as high as 2.04 J cm−2 at 100 Hz pulse repetition rate, one of the largest among existing MIR χ(2) nonlinear materials.
- Mid-infrared (mid-IR)
- Nonlinear chalcogenide (BaGaSe)
- Optical parametric oscillator (OPO)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)