Abstract

208-W average-power TEM00-mode operation from a diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser was demonstrated. The side-pumping method of generating a high-gain aberration-free rod, the bifocusing-compensation technique with two identically pumped rods, and a suitable choice of beam spot size were employed in the design of this laser. At the maximum pump power of 1.1  kW the fundamental transverse-mode operation M2<1.1 was characterized by 7.6% electrical efficiency. The extraction efficiency was almost 60% of full multimode operation. Stable operation was obtained within a pump-power range of 15% of the maximum pump power.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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D. Golla, S. Knoke, W. Schone, G. Ernst, M. Bobe, A. Tunnermann, and H. Welling, Opt. Lett. 20, 1148 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Shone, S. Knoke, A. Tunnermann, and H. Welling, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CFE2.

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Appl. Opt. (2)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

W. C. Scott and M. de Wit, Appl. Phys. Lett. 18, 3 (1971).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (2)

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 29, 1457 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (1)

H. W. Bruesselbach, D. S. Sumida, R. A. Reeder, and R. W. Byren, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 105 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (1)

W. Shone, S. Knoke, A. Tunnermann, and H. Welling, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 11 of 1997 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1997), paper CFE2.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Cross section of the high-pump-power low-aberration pump module.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Single-pass wave-front distortion as a function of diode output power.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average output power as a function of average diode output power in full multimode operation with single- and dual-module systems.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Schematic diagram of (a) the TEM00-mode laser oscillator and (b) beam propagation in the resonator for both the radial and the tangential components at the highest pump power of 1.1  kW. HR, high reflection.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Average laser output power (filled circles) and laser beam M2 factor (open circles) dependencies of average laser output power.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Two- and three-dimensional laser beam profiles at 208-W output power.

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