Abstract

We describe efficient cw operation of a Nd:YLF laser end pumped by two beam-shaped 20-W diode bars on the 1.053µm transition. Fundamental transverse-mode operation with output power of 11.1  W for 29.5  W of incident pump power was demonstrated. In Q-switched operation 8.4  W of average power at a pulse repetition frequency of 40  kHz and 2.6mJ pulse energy at a pulse repetition frequency of 1  kHz were achieved.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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