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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1991
  • pp: 1967–1969

Self-mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YLF laser

G. P. A. Malcolm and A. I. Ferguson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 16, Issue 24, pp. 1967-1969 (1991)

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We report on the self-mode locking of a diode-laser-pumped Nd:YLF laser. Pulses of 6-ps duration have been obtained by using only a glass rod placed at an intracavity focus and an aperturing slit near the output coupler to achieve pulse shaping. The mode-locking mechanism is believed to be that of self-focusing (Kerr lens mode locking) owing to the optical Kerr effect in the glass rod. The pulses are approximately bandwidth limited, and the process can be self-started by a mechanical perturbation to the system.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 13, 1991
Published: December 15, 1991

G. P. A. Malcolm and A. I. Ferguson, "Self-mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YLF laser," Opt. Lett. 16, 1967-1969 (1991)

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