[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 21, No. 3 (2014) 265-269]
© 2014 The Japan Society of Applied Physics

Dynamic Properties of Second-Harmonic Intensity of a Nanosecond-Order Laser Pulse

Tetsuo HARIMOTO* and Hidetomo TSUGANE

Faculty of Engineering, University of Yamanashi, Kofu 400-8511, Japan

(Received November 4, 2013; Revised January 5, 2014; Accepted February 3, 2014)

Numerical and experimental results on the dynamic properties of the second-harmonic generation of Q-switched nanosecond-order laser pulses are described by reexamining the influence of the imperfect phase-matching condition. For a type-I noncritical phase-matching scheme, the fluctuation in the second-harmonic intensity owing to the change in environmental temperature can be effectively avoided by using the conversion region in the second-harmonic generation. In addition, the instability of the second-harmonic intensity owing to the variation in the fundamental intensity might be suppressed by introducing an optimized phase-mismatching condition to the reconversion region if the fundamental laser pulse has a flat-top profile. These approaches are expected to be applied for the peak-intensity stabilization of the pump laser used in optical parametric chirped pulse amplification.

Key words: second harmonic generation, optical parametric chirped pulse amplification, noncritical phase matching, intensity stabilization

*E-mail address: harimoto@yamanashi.ac.jp