Pump-enhanced difference-frequency generation at 3.3 μm

Mark F. Witinski, Joshua B. Paul, and James G. Anderson, "Pump-enhanced difference-frequency generation at 3.3 μm," Appl. Opt. 48, 2600-2606 (2009) 

The demonstration of continuous wave intracavity difference-frequency generation in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) is presented. A cavity for pump laser enhancement is constructed around a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal, and the cavity length is locked to the frequency of the pump laser using the Pound-Drever-Hall technique, producing a gain of 12 in the resultant idler power compared to the single-pass case. A widely tunable single-mode 3.3 μm idler beam with a power of nearly 10 mW is available for direct absorption spectroscopy. The pump-enhancement method demonstrated here should be readily scalable to produce hundreds of milliwatts of mid-IR light by using higher power signal and pump lasers.