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We discuss experimental results of frequency locking and wavelength tuning of a nanosecond pulsed broad-area semiconductor laser. Nanosecond optical pulses with peak power of 25 W and repetition rates of 4–240 kHz are generated from a broad-area laser. An external cavity with a diffractive grating is used to reduce the linewidth of the laser from over 5 nm to less than 0.1 nm. The wavelength of the pulsed laser is tunable over more than 10 nm. The dependence of the laser linewidth on pulse parameters has been investigated. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.