Pulses of 37-psec duration are generated by a cw actively mode-locked Nd:YLF oscillator and subsequently amplified to 2.5 mJ in a cw-pumped Nd:YLF regenerative amplifier operating at a repetition rate of 500 Hz. In comparison, the same system refitted with Nd:YAG gain media produces longer pulses (∼80 psec) with lower energy (1 mJ).
© 1987 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 1987
Published: May 1, 1987
P. Bado, M. Bouvier, and J. Scott Coe, "Nd:YLF mode-locked oscillator and regenerative amplifier," Opt. Lett. 12, 319-321 (1987)