Abstract

We have demonstrated continuous-wave operation of a microchip laser fabricated from Nd:MgO:LiNbO3 and pumped by a laser diode. Incident pump power thresholds of 32 mW with slope efficiencies of 6.5% were observed. The microchip laser operated in the lowest-order transverse mode at all output powers up to and including the maximum output power of 13 mW. Application of an electric field transverse to the cavity axis permitted tuning of the oscillating cavity modes to be obtained at a rate of 8.9 MHz V−1 mm.

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