We demonstrate a high-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO <sub>4</sub> laser that uses a saturable Bragg reflector (SBR) with strain relaxation. 23.5 W of average power with ~21.5-ps cw mode-locked pulse trains was generated at a 50-W pump power. Experimental results show that appropriate strain relaxation in the SBR makes the mode-locking operation less sensitive to temperature variation.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(160.6000) Materials : Semiconductor materials
Y. F. Chen, S. W. Tsai, Y. P. Lan, S. C. Wang, and K. F. Huang, "Diode-end-pumped passively mode-locked high-power Nd:YVO4 laser with a relaxed saturable Bragg reflector," Opt. Lett. 26, 199-201 (2001)