Abstract

A scheme of self-adaptive, closed-loop, diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG slab laser was presented. As a result of four-wave mixing of standing waves intersecting at a small angle in a closed-loop cavity, the self-adaptive process of beam cleaning leading to fundamental mode operation despite severe asymmetry of the inversion profile and thermal-optical distortion was achieved. The output beam was extracted from the cavity as the first- order diffraction beam on the dynamic gain gratings created in an active medium. The near-diffraction-limited (parameter M2<1.4, divergence of 1 mrad) output beam of 250 mJ energy and the optical slope efficiency of 30% at a repetition rate of up to 25 Hz in a free-running regime were demonstrated.

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