Abstract

Saturable-absorber mode locking and Q switching of neodymium-doped lasers at 1.06 μm with a PbS-doped glass were demonstrated. Q-switched pulses of 0.3 μJ in energy and 15 ns in duration from a cw diode-pumped Nd3+:KGd(WO4)2 laser and ultrashort pulses of 18 μJ in energy and 70 ps in duration from a Nd3+:Y3Al5O12 laser were obtained. The saturation intensity of the PbS-doped glass (with an average semiconductor crystallite radius of 1.7 nm) was estimated to be 2.3 MW/cm2 at 1.06 μm. The bleaching relaxation time was measured to be 23 ps.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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