We demonstrate what is to our knowledge the first mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser operating on the 4F_3/2 - 4I_9/2 transition at 914 nm. Using a semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror for passive mode locking, we have obtained 3-ps pulses at a repetition rate of 233.8 MHz. The laser is based on a standard delta cavity and is pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser. We obtained an average output power of 42 mW through one mirror and an accumulated output power of approximately 150 mW (through all cavity mirrors) at a pump power of 1.4 W.
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A. Schlatter, L. Krainer, M. Golling, R. Paschotta, D. Ebling, and U. Keller, "Passively mode-locked 914-nm Nd:YVO4 laser," Opt. Lett. 30, 44-46 (2005)