We have observed giant pulses from cw pumped, monolithic Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> microchip lasers, several hundred times the cw level, with pulse lengths less than 2 ns, which cannot be accounted for by conventional gain switching. These pulses occur as the second longitudinal mode starts to oscillate and can be described by the inclusion of gain-related effects in the formation of a stable cavity.
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R. S. Conroy, T. Lake, G. J. Friel, A. J. Kemp, and B. D. Sinclair, "Self-Q-switched Nd:YVO4 microchip lasers," Opt. Lett. 23, 457-459 (1998)