Abstract

The nonlinear mode variations induced by the equivalent third-order susceptibility resulting from cascaded second-order nonlinearities in an intracavity lithium triborate crystal are exploited for mode locking of a cw Nd:YAG laser. The loss modulations are provided by a slit, as in the Kerr-lens mode-locking scheme. The mode-locking process is self-starting and produces nearly transform-limited pulses of 14-ps duration with 0.5-W average power.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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