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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 23098–23103

Compact picosecond mode-locked and cavity-dumped Nd:YVO4 laser

U. Wegner, J. Meier, and M. J. Lederer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 23098-23103 (2009)

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We report on a diode pumped, semiconductor saturable absorber mirror mode-locked picosecond Nd:YVO4 oscillator with cavity-dumping. In pure cw-mode-locking this laser produced up to 17W of average power at a pulse repetition rate of 9.7MHz, corresponding to a pulse energy of 1.7µJ. Using an electro-optic cavity dumper, we achieved average powers up to 7.8W at 500kHz and 10W at 1MHz dumping rate. With corresponding pulse energies of 15.6µJ and 10µJ respectively and pulsewidths around 10ps, this laser could become a compact source for materials processing applications, alternative to more complex schemes such as regenerative amplifiers or ultra-long resonator oscillators.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 27, 2009
Published: December 2, 2009

U. Wegner, J. Meier, and M. J. Lederer, "Compact picosecond mode-locked and cavity-dumped Nd:YVO4 laser," Opt. Express 17, 23098-23103 (2009)

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