Optically-pumped saturable absorber for fast switching between continuous-wave and passively mode-locked regimes of a Nd:YVO4 laser

V.G. Savitski, D. Burns, S. Calvez

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We report on the fast (~50 μs) remote-controlled switching between continuous-wave (cw), cw mode-locked (ML) and Q-switched ML modes of operation of a Nd:YVO4 laser using an optically-pumped saturable absorber (SA). Pulses as short as 40 ps with an average output power of 0.5 W are obtained in cw ML regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5373-5378
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2009


  • lasers
  • neodymium
  • laser optics
  • mode-locked lasers

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