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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1644–1646

Picosecond pulses of variable duration from a high-power passively mode-locked Nd : Y V O 4 laser free of spatial hole burning

Marie-Christine Nadeau, Stéphane Petit, Philippe Balcou, Romain Czarny, Sébastien Montant, and Christophe Simon-Boisson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1644-1646 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001644


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Abstract

We report on a high-power passively mode-locked TEM 00 Nd : Y V O 4 oscillator, 888 nm diode-pumped, with pulse durations adjustable between 46 ps and 12 ps . The duration tunability was obtained by varying the output coupler (OC) transmission while avoiding resorting to spatial hole burning (SHB) for pulse shortening. At a repetition rate of 91 MHz and for an output power ranging from 15 W to 45 W , we produced SHB-free 12 - ps - to 32 - ps -long pulses. Within this range of power, these are the shortest pulse durations obtained directly from Nd : Y V O 4 oscillators.

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OCIS Codes
(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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2010
Published: May 6, 2010

Citation
Marie-Christine Nadeau, Stéphane Petit, Philippe Balcou, Romain Czarny, Sébastien Montant, and Christophe Simon-Boisson, "Picosecond pulses of variable duration from a high-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser free of spatial hole burning," Opt. Lett. 35, 1644-1646 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-10-1644


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