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Appl Opt. 2007 Nov 10;46(32):7792-6.

Effect of MgO doping of periodically poled lithium niobate on second-harmonic generation of femtosecond laser pulses.

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Department of Physics, State Key Laboratory on Fiber Optics Local Area Communication Networks and Advanced Optical Communication Systems, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China.

Abstract

We theoretically analyze type-I broadband second-harmonic generation (SHG) of femtosecond laser pulses based on a quasi-phase-matching configuration in periodically poled congruent LiNbO3 (LN) andperiodically poled MgO:LiNbO3 (PPMgLN) (5% and 7%). Group-velocity matching (GVM) can be achieved at the fundamental waves of 1.59, 1.56, and 1.55 microm for SHG when the three types of crystals have grating periods of 22.31, 20.07, and 23.45 microm, respectively. It is found that the central wavelength of the fundamental wave for GVM will increase with the decrease of MgO doping in LN. It is concluded that the shift of the GVM central wavelength is due to the difference of MgO doping, which changes the dispersion of the crystal. Therefore, tunable and high efficiency broadband SHG of femtosecond laser pulses in a long crystal can be realized by selecting different doping rates of PPMgLN.

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