Abstract

A diode-pumped Nd3+:YVO4 laser passively mode locked by a nonlinear mirror based on second-harmonic generation has been developed. Pumping with a fiber-coupled 10-W diode array, we generated nearly diffraction limited, linearly polarized 11-ps pulses at 1064  nm, with average power of 2.7  W at a 150-MHz repetition rate. Pulses as short as 7.9  ps were measured with reduced output power (1.35  W) by optimal focusing in the nonlinear crystal.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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