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.

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2000 (1)

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998 (1)

1997 (1)

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[CrossRef]

1996 (1)

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

1995 (2)

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

1994 (1)

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[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

1985 (2)

T. J. Kane, J. M. Eggleston, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 1195 (1985).
[CrossRef]

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1984 (1)

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Albrecht, G.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Alfrey, A. J.

Beach, R.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Benett, W. J.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Branch, U.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Burnham, R.

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Byer, R. L.

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

R. J. Shine, A. J. Alfrey, and R. L. Byer, Opt. Lett. 20, 459 (1995).
[CrossRef]

T. J. Kane, J. M. Eggleston, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 1195 (1985).
[CrossRef]

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 16–20.

Chernoch, J. P.

J. P. Chernoch, “Laser cooling method and apparatus,” U.S.  patent3,679,999 (July25, 1972).

Comaskey, B. J.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Daneu, J. L.

DiBiase, D.

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Eggleston, J. M.

T. J. Kane, J. M. Eggleston, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 1195 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Fan, T. Y.

Frietas, B. L.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Giesen, A.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Goodno, G. D.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 3–5.

Gustafson, E. K.

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 16–20.

Hamilton, M. W.

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Harkenrider, J.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 3–5.

Hays, A. D.

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Ho, J. G.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Hugel, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Iehisa, N.

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

Injeyan, H.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 3–5.

Kane, T. J.

T. J. Kane, J. M. Eggleston, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 1195 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Karube, N.

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

Kobayashi, T.

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

Kuhn, K.

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Long, W.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Machida, H.

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

Martin, N.

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Morais, J.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Mudge, D.

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Munch, J.

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Mundinger, D.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Naito, S.

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

Opower, H.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Ottaway, D.

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Palese, S.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 3–5.

Petty, C.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Poylio, J.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Reed, M.

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Rutherford, T. S.

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 16–20.

Sato, M.

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

Shine, R. J.

Solarz, R. W.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

St. Pierre, R. J.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Taira, T.

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

Tulloch, W. M.

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 16–20.

Unternahrer, J.

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Valley, M. M.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

VanLue, D.

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Veitch, P. J.

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Voss, A.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Weber, M.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

Witt, G.

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Wittig, K.

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (1)

A. Giesen, H. Hugel, A. Voss, K. Wittig, U. Branch, and H. Opower, Appl. Phys. B 58, 365 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. (1)

T. Taira, W. M. Tulloch, R. L. Byer, and T. Kobayashi, Electron. Commun. Jpn. Part 2 Electron. 79, 64 (1996).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (5)

M. Reed, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 412 (1985).
[CrossRef]

B. J. Comaskey, R. Beach, G. Albrecht, W. J. Benett, B. L. Frietas, C. Petty, D. VanLue, D. Mundinger, and R. W. Solarz, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 992 (1992).
[CrossRef]

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 36, 205 (2000).
[CrossRef]

T. J. Kane, J. M. Eggleston, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-21, 1195 (1985).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Eggleston, T. J. Kane, K. Kuhn, J. Unternahrer, and R. L. Byer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-20, 289 (1984).
[CrossRef]

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

D. Mudge, P. J. Veitch, J. Munch, D. Ottaway, and M. W. Hamilton, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 19 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (1)

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. D. Hays, G. Witt, N. Martin, D. DiBiase, and R. Burnham, Proc. SPIE 2380, 88 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Other (5)

T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, E. K. Gustafson, and R. L. Byer, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 16–20.

J. P. Chernoch, “Laser cooling method and apparatus,” U.S.  patent3,679,999 (July25, 1972).

M. Sato, S. Naito, H. Machida, N. Iehisa, and N. Karube, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, M. M. Fejer, H. Injeyan, and U. Keller, eds., Vol. 26 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1999), pp. 2–4.

J. G. Ho, R. J. St. Pierre, J. Morais, J. Poylio, W. Long, M. Weber, and M. M. Valley, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, H. Injeyan, U. Keller, and C. Marshall, eds., Vol. 34 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), pp. 28–31.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, OSA Technical Digest (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 3–5.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Perspective view of the edge-pumped slab laser geometry. The conductively cooled slab is clamped in a water-cooled copper heat sink. Pumping by fiber-coupled laser diodes is illustrated, but other pump delivery methods could be used. For clarity the pump fibers are shown moved back from the laser head.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Output power versus pump power for the Nd:YAG edge-pumped zigzag slab laser. The pump power was measured at the output of the fiber array.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Output power versus pump power for the Yb:YAG edge-pumped zigzag slab laser. The output power was limited only by the available pump power. Inset, single-pass small-signal gain as a function of pump power.

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