Simultaneous mode locking and <i>Q</i> switching is accomplished in a diode-pumped Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub>/GaAs laser. The average output power is ~2.0 W at 10.6-W absorbed pump power, and the repetition rate of the <i>Q</i>-switched pulse is ~120 kHz. The mode-locked pulse inside the <i>Q</i>-switched pulse has a repetition rate of ~148 MHz, and its average duration is estimated to be ~100 ps.
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(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
Yung-Fu Chen, K. F. Huang, S. W. Tsai, Y. P. Lan, S. C. Wang, and J. Chen, "Simultaneous Mode Locking in a Diode-Pumped Passively Q-Switched Nd:YVO4 Laser with a GaAs Saturable Absorber," Appl. Opt. 40, 6038-6041 (2001)