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Achromatic phase matching at third orders of dispersion

United States Patent

October 21, 2003
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Achromatic phase-matching (APM) is used for efficiently multiplying the frequency of broad bandwidth light by using a nonlinear optical medium comprising a second-harmonic generation (SHG) crystal and stationary optical elements whose configuration, properties, and arrangement have been optimized to match the angular dispersion characteristics of the SHG crystal to at least the third order. These elements include prisms and diffraction gratings for directing an input light beam onto the SHG crystal such that each ray wavelength is aligned to match the phase-matching angle for the crystal at each wavelength of light to at least the third order and such that every ray wavelength overlap within the crystal.
Richman; Bruce (Sunnyvale, CA)
Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA)
09/ 896,575
June 29, 2001
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in this invention.