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Broadband infrared spectroscopy using optical parametric oscillation in a radially-poled whispering gallery resonator

: Meisenheimer, S.K.; Fürst, J.U.; Werner, C.; Beckmann, T.; Buse, K.; Breunig, I.

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Optics Express 23 (2015), No.18, pp.24042-24047
ISSN: 1094-4087
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPM ()

We demonstrate optical parametric oscillation in a millimeter-sized whispering gallery resonator suitable for broadband infrared spectroscopy. This nonlinear-optical process is quasi-phase-matched using a radial domain pattern with 30 µm period length, inscribed by calligraphic poling. The output wavelengths are selected in a controlled way over hundreds of nanometers. We achieve this by increasing the temperature of the resonator in steps such that the azimuthal mode number of the pump wave rises by one. As a proof-of-principle experiment, we measure a characteristic resonance of polystyrene in the spectral range of 2.25-2.45 µm.