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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2003
  • pp: 1829–1831

Passive mode locking of a diode-end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror

Bingyuan Zhang, Gang Li, Meng Chen, Zhigang Zhang, and Yonggang Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 19, pp. 1829-1831 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001829


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Abstract

We report an end-pumped and passive mode-locking all-solid-state laser. The laser consists of a Nd:GdVO <sub>4</sub> crystal and a linear resonator with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror that yield mode locking. We achieved stable continuous-wave mode locking with an 8-ps pulse duration at a 154-MHz repetition rate. The average output power was 600 mW with 4 W of pump power. To our knowledge this is the first report of the use of a Nd:GdVO <sub>4</sub> crystal for mode locking with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers

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Bingyuan Zhang, Gang Li, Meng Chen, Zhigang Zhang, and Yonggang Wang, "Passive mode locking of a diode-end-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror," Opt. Lett. 28, 1829-1831 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-19-1829


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