Since operation of Nd:YAG lasers, especially at 1.06 μm, is well known, this paper compares the operation of several different Nd lasers with Nd:YAG. Lasers were operated on both the 4F3/2 to 4/11/2 transition, nominally 1.06 μm, and the 4F3/2 to 4/13/2 transition, nominally 1.33 μm. Lasers were operated to the extent possible continuously, normal mode, and Q-switched. A comparison of the operation of Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF, Nd:BEL, and Nd:Cr:GSGG was performed on this basis. Results of this comparison will be presented.

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