ORPHEUS Optical Parametric Amplifier

ORPHEUS Optical Parametric Amplifiers

The ORPHEUS family is a series of dedicated collinear and non-collinear Optical Parametric Amplifiers with femtosecond or picosecond pulses, for use with the Light Conversion PHAROS and CARBIDE lasers (i.e. pumped at 1030nm). The ORPHEUS OPAs maintain all the excellent features of Light Conversion's hugely successful TOPAS series of OPAs: high output pulse stability throughout the entire tuning range, high output beam quality, full computer control via USB, as well as optional frequency mixers to extend the tuning range from the UV right up to the mid-IR.

ORPHEUS is a fully computer-controlled collinear OPA, generating tunable femtosecond pulsed output from 630-1020nm (Signal) and 1040-2600nm (Idler) at a wide range of repetition rates from Single Shot to 1MHz. An optional tuning range extension unit allows full spectral output from 210nm to beyond 16 microns. This flexible multi-kilohertz repetition rate source is an invaluable tool for multiphoton microscopy, micro-structuring and spectroscopy applications.

ORPHEUS-HP is a high-power version of the standard ORPHEUS, with UV-VIS and mid-IR tuning range frequency mixers integrated into a thermally stabilised monolithic housing, and can also reach the deep UV (190-215nm). Recommended for applications where the pump power is >8W, or whenever the necessary tuning range requires both UV and mid-IR generation (e.g. 315-5000nm).

ORPHEUS-F is a very impressive hybrid OPA, combining the short pulse durations typical of a non-collinear OPA, with the broad tuning range of a collinear one. The Signal beam may be compressed down to <60fs, while the Idler may be compressed to 40-90fs (depending on wavelength). Switching to a standard OPA configuration to access the 900-1200nm tuning 'gap' is also available.

ORPHEUS-N is a dedicated non-collinear Optical Parametric Amplifier (NOPA) with built-in second or third harmonic generators for the IR pump beam, delivering <30fs pulses in the 700-850nm range (ORPHEUS-N-2H) or 530-670nm range (ORPHEUS-N-3H). Optional SHG of the Signal output is also available to extend the tuning range to 250-450nm. ORPHEUS-N is an invaluable instrument for time-resolved spectroscopy.

ORPHEUS-ONE provides twice the output in mid-IR range as standard ORPHEUS. The Signal and Idler tuning from 1350nm to 4500nm and the tuning range is extendable to 16 microns.

ORPHEUS-PS is a narrow-bandwidth OPA, pumped by the picosecond pulses from the SHBC narrow bandwidth second harmonic generator, and seeded by white-light continuum generated by femtosecond pulses. This ensures the highest pulse-to-pulse stability for tunable picosecond pulses.

ORPHEUS-twins is a pair of independently tunable OPAs in a single compact housing. Each of the two channels can be separately configured to be a version of ORPHEUS, ORPHEUS-ONE, ORPHEUS-F or even ORPHEUS-N.

Now available - NEW ORPHEUS-MIR an ultrafast source based on OPA technology for broadband mid-IR pulses. ORPHEUS-MIR is a versatile system optimised for the efficient generation of broadband mid-IR pulses. The system provides broadband pulses in the tuning range of 2.5 – 11 μm and reaches up to 15 μm with optional narrowband extension.

For the complementary family of Ti:Sapphire pumped OPAs please see the TOPAS product page.


  • Wide variety of models and configurations
  • Repetition rates from Single Shot up to 1 MHz
  • Output pulse durations from 10fs to 5ps
  • Tunable output from 189nm to beyond 16microns
  • Residual fundamental and 2nd harmonic
  • High energy conversion into parametric radiation
  • Near bandwidth and diffraction limited output
  • Fully computer controlled via USB and dedicated software


Optical Parametric Amplifiers for 1030 nm Lasers

Here you will find a description of our standard products together with their specifications. These specifications often give you the guidelines rather than the limits. We always consider all custom requests and can offer many customized solutions outside the standard specifications.


Product Comparison Table
ProductsPump Energy, PowerTuning RangeExtended Tuning RangeOutput Pulse Duration
ORPHEUS 8 – 400 μJ, <8 W 630 – 2600 nm 210 - 16000 nm 0.7 – 1.0 times pump pulse duration
8 – 400 μJ, <40 W (HP) 190 – 16000 nm
400 – 2000 μJ, <10 W (HE) 210 – 630 nm
ORPHEUS-ONE 12 – 400 μJ, <8 W 1350 – 4500 nm 720 – 970 nm
4500 – 16000 nm
0.7 – 1.0 times pump pulse duration
12 – 400 μJ, <40 W (ONE-HP)
400 – 2000 μJ, <10 W (ONE-HE) 720 - 970 nm
ORPHEUS-F 8 – 500 μJ, <40 W 650 – 900 nm,
1200 – 2500 nm
325 – 450 nm 40 – 100 fs,
user adjustable
ORPHEUS-N-2H 10 – 200 μJ, <8 W 650 – 900 nm 325 – 450 nm 10 – 40 fs
ORPHEUS-N-3H 12 – 200 μJ, <8 W 520 – 900 nm 260 – 450 nm 15 – 45 fs
ORPHEUS-TWINS 8 – 2000 μJ, <40 W 630 – 4500 nm (depends on configuration) 210 – 16000 nm Depends on configuration,
down to < 40 fs
ORPHEUS-PS SHBC output required:
515 nm: 120 µJ – 1 mJ, 1 – 3 ps, < 20 cm-1;
1030 nm: uncompressed leftover
640 – 1010 nm,
1050 – 2600 nm
320 – 5000 nm 1 – 4 ps

200 μJ -2mJ, <80W

2500-4000nm (Signal)


10000-15000nm <100fs


This product could be used for the following applications:

  • Spectroscopy
  • Non linear optics
  • Multi-photon microscopy


This product is manufactured by Light Conversion.

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