We demonstrate a high-average-power continuous wave (cw) and cw mode-locked laser pumped by broad-area laser diodes. In cw lasing experiments, up to of output was obtained with of incident pump. A semiconductor saturable absorber mirror was used to initiate stable, self-starting, mode locking. In the cw mode-locked regime, the laser produced nearly transform-limited, long pulses near with an average output power of . The pulse repetition rate was , with a pulse energy of .
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