Applied Physics B

, Volume 108, Issue 1, pp 125-128

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High-power neodymium-doped mixed vanadate bounce geometry laser, mode locked with nonlinear mirror

  • G. M. ThomasAffiliated withPhotonics, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London Email author 
  • , T. OmatsuAffiliated withDepartment of Advanced Integration Science, Chiba UniversityCREST-JST
  • , M. J. DamzenAffiliated withPhotonics, The Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London

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The highest power neodymium-doped mixed vanadate laser oscillator is presented. Using a crystal of Nd:Gd0.6Y0.4VO4 in the bounce geometry, average output powers of 27.5 W in multimode and 23 W in TEM00 operation were achieved. The first nonlinear mirror mode-locked operation of a mixed vanadate laser is also presented, with 16.8 W output power—the highest power mode-locked mixed vanadate oscillator, to the best of our knowledge. Self-starting continuous-wave mode locking was observed at a repetition rate of 100 MHz, pulse duration of 12.7 ps and central wavelength of 1063.8 nm, in TEM00 mode.