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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Mar. 30, 2009
  • pp: 5373–5378

Optically-pumped saturable absorber for fast switching between continuous-wave and passively mode-locked regimes of a Nd:YVO4 laser

V.G. Savitski, D. Burns, and S. Calvez  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 5373-5378 (2009)

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We report on the fast (~50 μs) remote-controlled switching between continuous-wave (cw), cw mode-locked (ML) and Q-switched ML modes of operation of a Nd:YVO4 laser using an optically-pumped saturable absorber (SA). Pulses as short as 40 ps with an average output power of 0.5 W are obtained in cw ML regime.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2009
Published: March 20, 2009

V. G. Savitski, D. Burns, and S. Calvez, "Optically-pumped saturable absorber for fast switching between continuous-wave and passively mode-locked regimes of a Nd:YVO4 laser," Opt. Express 17, 5373-5378 (2009)

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