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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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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M. Tsunekane, N. Taguchi, T. Kasanatsu, and H. Inaba, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 3, 9 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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Wu, N.

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[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. A. Fields, M. Birnbaum, and C. L. Fincher, Appl. Phys. Lett. 51, 1885 (1987).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

J. Zhang, M. Quade, K. M. Du, Y. Liao, S. Falter, M. Baumann, P. Loosen, and R. Poprawe, Electron. Lett. 33, 775 (1997).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Opt. Commun. (1)

M. J. Damzen, M. Trew, E. Rosas, and G. J. Crofts, Opt. Commun. 196, 237 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Other (2)

C. Schnitzler, M. Höfer, J. Luttmann, D. Hoffmann, and R. Poprawe, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 39 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2000), paper CPD21-3.

A. E. Siegman, Lasers (University Science, Mill Valley, Calif., 1986).

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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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