Abstract

Experimental demonstrations of two edge-pumped zigzag slab lasers are presented. The Nd:YAG slab laser generated 127  W of multimode output power with 300  W of pump power. Preliminary results with a Yb:YAG slab produced 46  W of output power with 315  W of pump power. The edge-pumped slab design permits symmetric conduction cooling and efficient pump absorption and accepts large-numerical-aperture pump sources.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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