Abstract

Periodically poled stoichiometric lithium-tantalate is used for mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:GdVO4 laser by intracavity second-harmonic generation. Stable and self-starting operation is observed achieving average output powers of up to 5W at a pulse-repetition rate of 107MHz. The obtained pulse durations range from 6.5ps at maximum output power down to 3.2ps at 1.4W.

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