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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6177–6186

Efficient generation of mode-locked pulses in Nd:YVO4 with a pulse duration adjustable between 34 ps and 1 ns

Markus Lührmann, Christian Theobald, Richard Wallenstein, and Johannes A. L’huillier  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6177-6186 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.006177


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Abstract

We report on the generation of highly stable active continuous mode-locked pulses in diode pumped Nd:YVO4 with an adjustable pulse duration between 34 ps and 1 ns. With this laser an average output power of up to 7.3 W with an excellent stability and beam quality with a M2-value of < 1.1 is obtained. For all pulse durations the pulses were within a factor of 1.15 above the Fourier limit. Due to these characteristics the presented system is an attractive oscillator for OPCPA concepts.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(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

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2009
Published: April 1, 2009

Citation
Markus Lührmann, Christian Theobald, Richard Wallenstein, and Johannes A. L’huillier, "Efficient generation of mode-locked pulses in Nd:YVO4 with a pulse duration adjustable between 34 ps and 1 ns," Opt. Express 17, 6177-6186 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-8-6177


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