Abstract

We report on self-starting passively mode-locked diode-pumped 1.3-μm lasers obtained by use of semiconductor saturable absorbers. We achieved pulses as short as 4.6 ps in Nd:YVO4 and 5.7 ps in Nd:YLF with average output powers of 50 and 130 mW, respectively.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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