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Opt Lett. 2017 Jun 1;42(11):2224-2227. doi: 10.1364/OL.42.002224.

Compact coupling scheme to achieve the synchronously dual self-mode-locked operation with a 35.2  THz optical beating.


A synchronously dual self-mode-locked (SML) operation at 946 and 1064 nm is experimentally accomplished by using a compact coupling scheme to obtain the optical beating frequency up to 35.2 THz. The SML emissions at 946 and 1064 nm are established by a monolithic Nd:YAG cavity and a Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> crystal in a flat-flat cavity, respectively. Two gain media are butt adjoined to be longitudinally pumped by a single laser diode. The monolithic Nd:YAG crystal is used not only as the 946 nm laser cavity, but also as the output coupler of the Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> 1064 nm laser. More importantly, the output surface of the monolithic Nd:YAG laser is coated to generate the optical feedback for the synchronization of the dual SML operation. At a pump power of 10.7 W, the output powers at 1064 and 946 nm can simultaneously reach 1.5 W by controlling the focal position of the pump waist.


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