Abstract

We report an end-pumped and passive mode-locking all-solid-state laser. The laser consists of a Nd:GdVO 4 crystal and a linear resonator with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror that yield mode locking. We achieved stable continuous-wave mode locking with an 8-ps pulse duration at a 154-MHz repetition rate. The average output power was 600 mW with 4 W of pump power. To our knowledge this is the first report of the use of a Nd:GdVO 4 crystal for mode locking with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror.

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