Abstract

We demonstrate a passively Q-switched diode-pumped 1.34-µm Nd:YVO4 microchip laser. We achieved single-frequency, 230-ps pulses by using an InGaAsP semiconductor saturable-absorber mirror. We can vary the pulse width and the repetition rate from 230 ps to 12 ns and from 30 kHz to 4 MHz, respectively, by changing the design parameters of the saturable absorber, the thickness of the crystal, and the pump power.

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