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Reduced models and design principles for half-harmonic generation in synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillators


We develop reduced models that describe half-harmonic generation in a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator above threshold, where nonlinearity, dispersion, and group-velocity mismatch are all relevant. These models are based on (1) an eigenmode expansion for low pump powers, (2) a simultonlike sech-pulse ansatz for intermediate powers, and (3) dispersionless box-shaped pulses for high powers. Analytic formulas for pulse compression, degenerate vs nondegenerate operation, and stability are derived and compared to numerical and experimental results.

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© 2016 American Physical Society. (Received 6 August 2016; published 2 December 2016) The authors would like to thank Chris Phillips for helpful discussions. R.H. was funded by a seed grant from the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. This research was supported by the DARPA DODOS and MTO programs and the ImPACT Program of the Council of Science, Technology and Innovation (Cabinet Office, Government of Japan).

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