We report on self-starting passively mode-locked diode-pumped 1.3-μm lasers obtained by use of semiconductor saturable absorbers. We achieved pulses as short as 4.6 ps in Nd:YVO4 and 5.7 ps in Nd:YLF with average output powers of 50 and 130 mW, respectively.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 21, 1996
Published: September 1, 1996
R. Fluck, K. J. Weingarten, M. Moser, G. Zhang, and U. Keller, "Diode-pumped passively mode-locked 1.3- μm Nd:YVO4 and Nd:YLF lasers by use of semiconductor saturable absorbers," Opt. Lett. 21, 1378-1380 (1996)