Abstract

Using an optical fiber as the nonlinear medium in an external cavity, we demonstrated passive mode locking of a cw Nd:YLF laser at a 1.053-μm wavelength. Nearly transform-limited pulses as short as 3.7 psec were obtained at a repetition rate of 76 MHz directly from the laser output without further compression. The average output power ranged from 1 to 7 W.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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