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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2003
  • pp: 1275–1277

Passive mode locking of a Nd: YVO 4 laser with an extra-long optical resonator

V. Z. Kolev, M. J. Lederer, B. Luther-Davies, and A. V. Rode  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 14, pp. 1275-1277 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001275


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Abstract

We describe a mode-locked, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with a very long optical cavity operating at 1064 nm. High-modulation, InGaAs quantum-well, semiconductor saturable-absorber mirrors were used for passive mode locking, providing a stable train of 13-ps pulses. A novel zero- q -transformation multipass cell provided a variable-length optical cavity as much as 100 m long. The output beam had M2<1.1 at average powers of 4.1, 3.9, and 3.5 W at repetition rates of 4.1, 2.6, and 1.5 MHz, respectively. To the best of our knowledge the last of these is the lowest repetition rate ever generated directly from a mode-locked nonfiber solid-state laser without cavity dumping.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(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

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V. Z. Kolev, M. J. Lederer, B. Luther-Davies, and A. V. Rode, "Passive mode locking of a Nd: YVO 4 laser with an extra-long optical resonator," Opt. Lett. 28, 1275-1277 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-14-1275

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