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Passively mode locked operation of diode pumped Nd:YVO4 laser using either second harmonic nonlinear mirror or semiconductor saturable absorber
Author(s): Alena Zavadilova; Vaclav Kubecek; Jean-Claude Diels; Andreas Stintz
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Paper Abstract

Results of experimental investigation of diode pumped Nd:YVO4 laser passively mode locked using either second harmonic nonlinear mirror or semiconductor saturable absorber are reported. As an active element the 5mm long Nd:YVO4 crystal end pumped by 20 W fiber coupled laser diode was used. The linear folded resonator has on the other end either saturable absorber with single 15 nm thick In 0.25 Ga0.75 As quantum well layer integrated on the top of Bragg mirror (SESAM) either nonlinear mirror (NLM) consisting of a dichroic dielectric mirror and 10 mm long type I LBO crystal critically phase matched for second harmonic generation. Using the nonlinear mirror the threshold for mode locked operation was 10 W of pump power and we obtained 4.5 W of output power with single pulse duration of 6.2 Ps for pump power of 15 W. Using the SESAM the pulse duration of 13-16 ps was achieved for pump power from 3W to 18 w for low output coupling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6180, Photonics, Devices, and Systems III, 61801M (18 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.675741
Show Author Affiliations
Alena Zavadilova, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Vaclav Kubecek, Czech Technical Univ. (Czech Republic)
Jean-Claude Diels, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Andreas Stintz, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6180:
Photonics, Devices, and Systems III
Pavel Tománek; Miroslav Hrabovský; Miroslav Miler; Dagmar Senderákova, Editor(s)

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