Abstract

We passively Q switched a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 microchip crystal with an antiresonant Fabry–Perot saturable absorber and achieved single-frequency pulses as short as 56  ps. We can vary the pulse width from 56  ps to 30  ns and the repetition rate from 27  kHz up to 7  MHz by changing the design parameters of the saturable absorber and the pump power.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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