A high-power harmonically self-mode-locked Nd:YVO4 1.34-μm laser with repetition rate up to 32.1 GHz

T. W. Wu, C. H. Tsou, C. Y. Tang, H. C. Liang, Y. F. Chen*

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Abstract

We develop a practical method to achieve harmonically self-mode-locked operation in a Nd:YV O4 1.34-μm laser for the generation of high-repetition-rate pulse trains. We exploit a gain medium with partial-reflection coating at the lasing wavelength to introduce effective mode selection. We numerically demonstrate that the coated gain medium can effectively modify the mode spacing of the laser cavity to be the harmonics of the free spectral range of the gain medium when the optical cavity length is adjusted to be commensurate with the optical length of the gain medium. We further employ a coated Nd:YV O4 crystal to realize harmonically mode-locked operation with a highest repetition rate of up to 32.1 GHz. At a pump power of 11.5 W, the average output power of 2.3 W is generated with a pulse duration as short as 5.7 ps. The locking range for the cavity length is also experimentally explored.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045803
JournalLaser Physics
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • GHz repetition rate
  • harmonic mode locking
  • mode selection

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