Mixing with 355 nm

Sum Frequency Mixing with 355 nm

The SFM-355 mixing unit is designed to generate laser radiation in the UV wavelength range, from 216 nm to 241 nm. It is operated together with a Cobra-Stretch or PrecisionScan dye laser, pumped by an injection seeded frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser. Generation of wavelengths around 220 nm by mixing is an alternative to the use of frequency  doubled (SHG) blue dyes pumped by the frequency tripled YAG. The advantage of this approach is the superior lifetime of the used dyes and the smaller spectral bandwidth of the generated UV radiation. On the other side a seeded pump laser is required and the set-up is more complex.


The dye laser is operated in the red spectral range, from 545 nm to 751 nm. Its output beam is sum frequency mixed with the frequency tripled Nd:YAG radiation. A pair of Pellin-Broca prisms separate the generated UV beam from the dye and Nd:YAG beams.

Optical Layout


Tuning Range


Tuning curves with dierent dyes, when using approximately 600 mJ @ 532 nm for dye pumping
and 300 mJ @ 355 nm for mixing.

Energy Output

Pump Laser Dye Laser Output Energy
600 mJ @ 532 nm, 300 mJ @ 355 nm Cobra-Stretch-LG-24 17 mJ
400 mJ @ 532 nm, 200 mJ @ 355 nm Cobra-Stretch-LG-24 11 mJ

General Characteristics

1) with secondary main amplifier, only possible with PrecisionScan dye laser
Wavelength range 216 – 239 nm (with 2400 lines / mm, single grating)
  216 – 236 nm (with 2400 lines / mm, double grating)
  220 – 241 nm (with 1800 lines / mm)
Maximum Pump Energy 650 mJ @ 532 nm
  1000 mJ @ 532 nm 1)
Seeder for Nd:YAG Laser Imperative
Dye Laser Resonator 2400 lines / mm grating recommended
  1800 lines / mm grating possible
Dye Laser Amplifier Enhanced Beam Profile cell recommended
Repetition Rate 10 Hz recommended
Crystal BBO, type I
Crystal Tuning Mode Look-up table (Autotracking optional)
UV Beam Polarization Horizontal, > 98 %
UV Beam Diameter (typical) 3 – 6 mm, depending on amplifier cell type
UV Beam Divergence < 0.5 mrad



All Dimensions in mm. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Literature & Downloads

Datasheet Mixing with 355 nm