We demonstrate a high-power passively Q -switched and mode-locked Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> laser with a Cr<sup>4+</sup>:YAG saturable absorber. 2.7 W of average power with an 18-kHz Q -switched repetition rate was generated at a 12.5-W pump power. The peak power of a single pulse near the maximum of the Q -switched envelope was greater than 100 kW.
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(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
Yung-Fu Chen, S. W. Tsai, and S. C. Wang, "High-power diode-pumped Q-switched and mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser with a Cr4+:YAG saturable absorber," Opt. Lett. 25, 1442-1444 (2000)