Passive mode locking of a Nd:YVO4 laser with an extra-long optical resonator.

@article{Kolev2003PassiveML,
  title={Passive mode locking of a Nd:YVO4 laser with an extra-long optical resonator.},
  author={Vesselin Z Kolev and Max J Lederer and Barry Luther-Davies and Andrei V. Rode},
  journal={Optics letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={28 14},
  pages={1275-7}
}
We describe a mode-locked, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with a very long optical cavity operating at 1064 nm. High-modulation, InGaAs quantum-well, semiconductor saturable-absorber mirrors were used for passive mode locking, providing a stable train of 13-ps pulses. A novel zero-q-transformation multipass cell provided a variable-length optical cavity as much as 100 m long. The output beam had M2 < 1.1 at average powers of 4.1, 3.9, and 3.5 W at repetition rates of 4.1, 2.6, and 1.5 MHz… CONTINUE READING
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