We report the generation of gain-switched pulses near 1.06 μm from a Nd+3-doped single-mode fiber pumped at 590 nm. For a 5-cm-long fiber, pulses of 100 nsec at a 1-MHz repetition rate were obtained. For a 1-cm-long fiber, the pulse shortened to 40 nsec at repetition rates of up to 2.5 MHz for a single, independently drivable relaxation oscillation.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 1989
Published: July 1, 1989
L. A. Zenteno, E. Snitzer, H. Po, R. Tumminelli, and F. Hakimi, "Gain switching of a Nd+3-doped fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 14, 671-673 (1989)