We report a compact, Q-switched, diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser for use in a portable laser-induced fluorescence system. A side-pumped grazing incidence slab configuration is used, and harmonic generation yields ~2 ns duration pulses with energies of 300 μJ at 355 nm and 140 μJ at 266 nm.

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