Applied Physics B

, 125:81 | Cite as

Tunable visible frequency combs from a Yb-fiber-laser-pumped optical parametric oscillator

  • Yuning Chen
  • Myles C. Silfies
  • Grzegorz Kowzan
  • Jose Miguel Bautista
  • Thomas K. AllisonEmail author


We present a 100 MHz repetition rate Yb-fiber-laser-pumped synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator (SPOPO) delivering tunable frequency combs covering almost the entire visible spectral range. By intracavity doubling both the signal and idler combs and using collinear residual pump light, nearly continuous tuning over the range of 420–700 nm is achieved with only small gaps near the OPO degeneracy condition. Output powers range from 10 to 200 mW, depending on wavelength, with pulse durations below 150 fs without external compression. Frequency locking of all three collinearly outcoupled combs (pump, doubled signal, and doubled idler) to a femtosecond enhancement cavity facilitates direct comparison of their optical phase noise and phase modulation transfer functions. In the singly resonant OPO, optical phase modulation of the pump comb is transferred nearly completely to the non-resonant idler comb. This results in a resonant signal comb with reduced optical phase noise and also enables high-bandwidth modulation on the idler comb via phase modulation of the pump.



M.C. Silfies acknowledges support from the GAANN program of the U.S. Dept. of Education. G. Kowzan acknowledges support from the National Science Centre, Poland scholarship 2017/24/T/ST2/00242. We thank S.A. Diddams, H. Timmers, A. Kowligy, A. Lind, F.C. Cruz, N. Nader, and G. Ycas for helpful discussions and assistance with Er comb development.


This work was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (1708743).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuning Chen
    • 1
  • Myles C. Silfies
    • 1
  • Grzegorz Kowzan
    • 2
  • Jose Miguel Bautista
    • 1
  • Thomas K. Allison
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departments of Chemistry and PhysicsStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and InformaticsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland

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