Abstract

A new cavity for diode side-pumped solid-state lasers was designed, built, and tested. The results were efficient absorption of pumped light in the media and homogeneous pumped-beam distribution under various pump-power levels, which generated Nd:YAG active media of different radii and concentrations and shifts of the diode wavelength. Full-multimode quasi-continuous pump operation with a slope efficiency of 40.5% was obtained from a plane–plane resonator equipped with two Nd:YAG rods. At a maximum average pump power of 1.33 kW, the optical-to-optical efficiency was 31.4%. Single-transverse-mode operation (M 2 factor of less than 1.1) of 163 W was demonstrated.

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