We report on a rugged all-solid-state laser source of near-IR radiation in the range of 1461–1601 nm based on a high-power Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> laser that is mode locked by a semiconductor saturable Bragg reflector as the pump source of a synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillator with a periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. The system produces 34-ps pulses with a high repetition rate of 235 MHz and an average output power of 1 W. The relatively long pulses lead to wide cavity detuning tolerances. The comparatively narrow spectral bandwidth of <15 GHz is suitable for applications such as pollutant detection.
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Thomas Graf, Gail McConnell, Allister I. Ferguson, Erwin Bente, David Burns, and Martin D. Dawson, "Synchronously Pumped Optical Parametric Oscillation in Periodically Poled Lithium Niobate with 1-W Average Output Power," Appl. Opt. 38, 3324-3328 (1999)