Abstract

Pumping Yb:YAG or Yb:LuAG into the zero-phonon line at 969 nm instead of using the common pump wavelength of 940 nm reduces the heat generation by 32%. In addition to the 3% increase of the Stokes efficiency, this significantly reduces the diffraction losses caused by the thermally induced phase distortions leading to a remarkable increase of the overall efficiency especially of fundamental-mode thin-disk lasers. Using this pumping scheme in an Yb:LuAG thin-disk laser, we achieved 742 W of nearly diffraction limited (M21.5) output power at an unprecedented high optical efficiency of 58.5%. For multimode operation (M215) the maximum optical efficiency of an Yb:YAG thin-disk laser was increased to 72%.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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