Abstract

Self-starting cw mode locking of a 888nm pumped high-power Nd:YVO4 laser using the χ2χ2 cascaded Kerr lens in lithium triborate without exploiting the “nonlinear mirror” technique is presented. The nonlinear loss modulations are mainly provided by a soft aperture mechanism in the gain medium. A high average output power up to 15.4W at 10.8ps pulse duration and short pulses down to 5.7ps at 11.4W have been achieved.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Theobald, C.

C. Schäfer, C. Theobald, R. Wallenstein, A. L'huillier, Appl. Phys. B 102, 523 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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G. I. Stegeman, D. J. Hagan, and L. Torner, Opt. Quantum Electron. 28, 1691 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Van Stryland, E. W.

Vanherzeele, H.

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[CrossRef]

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C. Schäfer, C. Theobald, R. Wallenstein, A. L'huillier, Appl. Phys. B 102, 523 (2011).
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Opt. Commun. (1)

V. Magni and M. Zavelani-Rossi, Opt. Commun. 152, 45 (1998).
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Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (5)

Opt. Photon. News (1)

R. Paschotta, U. Keller, Opt. Photon. News 14, 50 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. I. Stegeman, D. J. Hagan, and L. Torner, Opt. Quantum Electron. 28, 1691 (1996).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

U. Keller, in Nonlinear Optics in Semiconductors II, Semiconductors and Semimetals, A.Kost and E.Garmire, eds. (Academic, 1999), Vol. 59, pp. 211-286.
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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic design of the PKLM laser resonator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Stability zone of cw ML, measured at a mode size ratio of 1.33 for a 20 - mm -long LBO crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Optical spectrum, measured at different mode size ratios between pump and laser mode for a 20 - mm -long LBO and m = 2 .

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pictures of the side face of the LBO crystals in mode-locked operation, taken at temperatures offering the highest ML performance.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

(left) Measured autocorrelation traces and their sech 2 fits. (right) Corresponding optical spectra.

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