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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1992
  • pp: 1361–1363

Kerr lens mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser

K. X. Liu, C. J. Flood, D. R. Walker, and H. M. van Driel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 1361-1363 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.001361


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Abstract

We demonstrate Kerr lens mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser by using the gain medium as the Kerr medium and no intracavity slit. Kerr self-focusing within the Nd:YAG rod is believed to improve matching between the cavity mode and the aperture created by thermal lens aberration and thereby discriminate against lower (cw) intensities. The laser produces 8.5-ps, 100-MHz pulses with 1 W of average output power and a 35% slope efficiency. Kerr lens mode locking is initiated by slight mechanical perturbation.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 29, 1992
Published: October 1, 1992

Citation
K. X. Liu, C. J. Flood, D. R. Walker, and H. M. van Driel, "Kerr lens mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 17, 1361-1363 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-17-19-1361

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