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Diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YVO/sub 4/ lasers with 40-GHz repetition rate

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12 Author(s)
Lecomte, S. ; Phys. Dept., Swiss Fed. Inst. of Technol., Zurich, Switzerland ; Kalisch, M. ; Krainer, L. ; Spuhler, G.J.
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We present two different diode-pumped passively mode-locked Nd:YVO/sub 4/ lasers with a repetition rate of 40 GHz. This is the highest repetition rate demonstrated so far with diode-pumped 1-/spl mu/m solid-state lasers. The first laser design allows short pulses of 2.7-ps duration whereas the second laser design is optimized for high average output power of up to 288 mW. We compare both design approaches and show that there is a tradeoff between output power and pulse duration.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )