Abstract

We present a compact high-efficiency and high-average-power diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser oscillator operated with a linearly polarized fundamental mode. The oscillator resonator is based on an L-shaped convex–convex cavity with an improved module and a dual-rod configuration for birefringence compensation. Under a pump power of 344W, a linearly polarized average output power of 101.4W at 1064nm is obtained, which corresponds to an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 29.4%. The laser is operated at a repetition rate of 400Hz with a beam quality factor of M2=1.14. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest optical-to-optical efficiency for a side-pumped TEM00Nd:YAG rod laser oscillator with a 100-W-level output ever reported.

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P. Misra, K. Ranganathan, and S. M. Oak, “High efficiency TEM00 mode, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser ,” Opt. Commun. 281, 658–662 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2006 (4)

Kim, M. J. Yarrow, and W. A. Clarkson, “High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B 85, 539–543 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

M. Frede, R. Wilhelm, and D. Kracht, “250W end-pumped Nd:YAG laser with direct pumping into the upper laser level,” Opt. Lett. 31, 3618–3619 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (1)

2004 (1)

2002 (2)

S. Lee, S. K. Kim, S. Lee, S. K. Kim, M. Yun, H. S. Kim, B. H. Cha, and H. Moon, “Design and fabrication of a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a diffusive optical cavity for 500W output power,” Appl. Opt. 41, 1089–1094(2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Yang, “41W cw TEM00 (M2=1.2) 1064nm beam generation from a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser by use of a dual-telescopic optics configuration,” Opt. Commun. 204, 263–266(2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

S. Konno, S. Fujikawa, and K. Yasui, “206W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2696–2697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

1998 (1)

D. G. Lancaster and J. M. Dawes, “Thermal-lens measurement of quasi-steady-state repetitively flash lamp-pumped Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser,” Opt. Laser Technol. 30, 103–108 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bi, Y.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bo, Y.

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Brendel, M.

Cha, B. H.

Clarkson, W. A.

Kim, M. J. Yarrow, and W. A. Clarkson, “High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B 85, 539–543 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Cui, D.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Dawes, J. M.

D. G. Lancaster and J. M. Dawes, “Thermal-lens measurement of quasi-steady-state repetitively flash lamp-pumped Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser,” Opt. Laser Technol. 30, 103–108 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Fallnich, C.

Frede, M.

Fujikawa, S.

S. Konno, S. Fujikawa, and K. Yasui, “206W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2696–2697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Geng, A.

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Hirano, Y.

Kasahara, K.

Kim,

Kim, M. J. Yarrow, and W. A. Clarkson, “High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B 85, 539–543 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kim, H. S.

Kim, S. K.

Koechner, W.

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer, 1996), Chap. 7, p. 417.

Konno, S.

S. Konno, S. Fujikawa, and K. Yasui, “206W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2696–2697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Koyata, Y.

Kracht, D.

Lancaster, D. G.

D. G. Lancaster and J. M. Dawes, “Thermal-lens measurement of quasi-steady-state repetitively flash lamp-pumped Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser,” Opt. Laser Technol. 30, 103–108 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Lee, S.

Li, H.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Li, R.

Misra, P.

P. Misra, K. Ranganathan, and S. M. Oak, “High efficiency TEM00 mode, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser ,” Opt. Commun. 281, 658–662 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Moon, H.

Oak, S. M.

P. Misra, K. Ranganathan, and S. M. Oak, “High efficiency TEM00 mode, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser ,” Opt. Commun. 281, 658–662 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Peng, Q.

Ranganathan, K.

P. Misra, K. Ranganathan, and S. M. Oak, “High efficiency TEM00 mode, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser ,” Opt. Commun. 281, 658–662 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Shen, D.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Shen, G.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sun, Z.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tajime, T.

Wang, G.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Wang, X.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Wilhelm, R.

Xu, Z.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Y. Bo, A. Geng, Y. Bi, Z. Sun, X. Yang, Q. Peng, H. Li, R. Li, D. Cui, and Z. Xu, “High-power and high-quality, green-beam generation by employing a thermally near-unstable resonator design,” Appl. Opt. 45, 2499–2503 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yamamoto, S.

Yang, H.

H. Yang, “41W cw TEM00 (M2=1.2) 1064nm beam generation from a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser by use of a dual-telescopic optics configuration,” Opt. Commun. 204, 263–266(2002).
[CrossRef]

Yang, X.

Yarrow, M. J.

Kim, M. J. Yarrow, and W. A. Clarkson, “High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B 85, 539–543 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yasui, K.

S. Konno, S. Fujikawa, and K. Yasui, “206W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2696–2697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Yuan, X.

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yun, M.

Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

Kim, M. J. Yarrow, and W. A. Clarkson, “High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier,” Appl. Phys. B 85, 539–543 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

S. Konno, S. Fujikawa, and K. Yasui, “206W continuous-wave TEM00 mode 1064nm beam generation by a laser-diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser amplifier,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 79, 2696–2697 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (3)

G. Wang, A. Geng, Y. Bo, H. Li, Z. Sun, Y. Bi, D. Cui, Z. Xu, X. Yuan, X. Wang, G. Shen, and D. Shen, “28.4W266nm ultraviolet-beam generation by fourth-harmonic generation of an all-solid-state laser,” Opt. Commun. 259, 820–822 (2006).
[CrossRef]

P. Misra, K. Ranganathan, and S. M. Oak, “High efficiency TEM00 mode, diode-pumped, conduction-cooled, Nd:YAG zig-zag slab laser ,” Opt. Commun. 281, 658–662 (2008).
[CrossRef]

H. Yang, “41W cw TEM00 (M2=1.2) 1064nm beam generation from a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser by use of a dual-telescopic optics configuration,” Opt. Commun. 204, 263–266(2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Laser Technol. (1)

D. G. Lancaster and J. M. Dawes, “Thermal-lens measurement of quasi-steady-state repetitively flash lamp-pumped Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser,” Opt. Laser Technol. 30, 103–108 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (1)

W. Koechner, Solid-State Laser Engineering, 4th ed. (Springer, 1996), Chap. 7, p. 417.

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