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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1992
  • pp: 505–507

Solid-state low-loss intracavity saturable absorber for Nd:YLF lasers: an antiresonant semiconductor Fabry–Perot saturable absorber

U. Keller, D. A. B. Miller, G. D. Boyd, T. H. Chiu, J. F. Ferguson, and M. T. Asom  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 505-507 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.000505


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Abstract

We introduce a new low-loss fast intracavity semiconductor Fabry–Perot saturable absorber operated at antiresonance both to start and sustain stable mode locking of a cw-pumped Nd:YLF laser. We achieved a 3.3-ps pulse duration at a 220-MHz repetition rate. The average output power was 700 mW with 2 W of cw pump power from a Ti:sapphire laser. At pump powers of less than 1.6 W the laser self-Q switches and produces 4-ps pulses within a 1.4-μs Q-switched pulse at an ≈150-kHz repetition rate determined by the relaxation oscillation of the Nd:YLF laser. Both modes of operation are stable. In terms of coupled-cavity mode locking, the intracavity antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber corresponds to monolithic resonant passive mode locking.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 26, 1991
Published: April 1, 1992

Citation
U. Keller, D. A. B. Miller, G. D. Boyd, T. H. Chiu, J. F. Ferguson, and M. T. Asom, "Solid-state low-loss intracavity saturable absorber for Nd:YLF lasers: an antiresonant semiconductor Fabry–Perot saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 17, 505-507 (1992)
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