We experimentally study passive mode-locking in Nd:YVO4 laser based on second harmonic generation in KTP crystal.
We characterized RF spectra and optical spectra versus pump power, the KTP crystal temperature and position, the
output coupler reflectivity, and the intracavity polarizer. We discuss the device performance considering cascaded χ(2)
lensing in KTP, frequency doubling nonlinearity, and Kerr lens formed in Nd:YVO4. Implementing an intracavity Lyot
filter and cavity length modulation via PZT does not affect mode-locking capability. These results and ultra-low noise
mode beat signal open a new perspective for stable RF signal generation by transferring optical reference stability
(iodine absorption lines) into RF domain.