Abstract

We report on a compact and highly efficient diode-end-pumped TEM00 Nd:YVO4 slab laser with an output power of 103 W and beam quality M21.5. The optical-to-optical efficiency was 41.5%. In electro-optically Q-switched operation, 83 W of average power at a pulse-repetition rate of 50 kHz with a pulse length of 11.3 ns was obtained. At a pulse-repetition rate of 10 kHz, 5.6 mJ of pulse energy, and 870 kW of peak power were measured.

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Figures (7)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematics of the laser: cross sections in yz and xz planes: a, diode stack; b, pair of prisms; c, two cylindrical lenses; d, planar waveguide; e, imaging group; f, rear mirror M1; g, Nd:YVO4 slab; h, output coupler M2; i, output laser beam.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Continuous-wave output power of the partially end-pumped Nd:YVO4 slab laser versus incident pump power into the slab crystal.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Average output power versus pump power at several repetition rates.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Pulse width versus pump power at several repetition rates.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Typical Q-switched pulse profile.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Far-field intensity distribution.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Far-field intensity distribution after the spatial filter.

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