Passive mode locking of a diode-pumped Nd:Gd0.64Y0.36VO4 laser with a GaAs saturable absorber mirror
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- Ng, S.P., Tang, D.Y., Kong, J. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2005) 80: 475. doi:10.1007/s00340-005-1750-4
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We report a diode-pumped Nd:Gd0.64Y0.36VO4 laser passively mode locked by using a GaAs saturable absorber mirror. Both the Q-switched and continuous-wave (CW) mode locking were experimentally realized. The CW mode-locked pulses have a pulse width of about 8.8 ps at a repetition rate of 161.3 MHz. Limited by the available pump power, a maximum output power of 2.47 W was obtained for the CW mode-locked pulses with a slope efficiency of about 26.6%.