Abstract

We demonstrate a high-power passively mode-locked Nd:YVO4 laser that uses a saturable Bragg reflector (SBR) with strain relaxation. 23.5  W of average power with 21.5ps cw mode-locked pulse trains was generated at a 50-W pump power. Experimental results show that appropriate strain relaxation in the SBR makes the mode-locking operation less sensitive to temperature variation.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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