Abstract

A room-temperature, diode-pumped, pulsed Yb:YAG ceramic free-running laser with a 78% slope efficiency has been demonstrated. It has been shown that fine tuning of the mode diameter to the diameter of the pumped volume with a ratio of the pump to the mode diameter of 0.6 is important for achieving maximum laser efficiency with a Gaussian-like beam profile. A regenerative Yb:YAG ceramic amplifier with a maximum output energy of 14.5 mJ and a super-Gaussian beam profile is demonstrated.

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J. Appl. Phys. (1)

S. Skupsky, R. W. Short, T. Kessler, R. S. Craxton, S. Letzring, and J. M. Soures, J. Appl. Phys. 66, 3456(1989).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

S. Pearce, R. Yasuhara, A. Yoshida, J. Kawanaka, T. Kawashima, and H. Kan, Opt. Commun. 282, 2199 (2009).
[CrossRef]

S. Nakamura, H. Yoshioka, Y. Matsubara, T. Ogawa, and S. Wada, Opt. Commun. 281, 4411 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (1)

S. T. Fredrich-Thornton, C. Hirt, F. Tellkamp, K. Petermann, G. Huber, K. Ueda, and H. Yagi, in Advanced Solid-State Photonics, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2008), paper WB13.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Block diagram of the Yb:YAG ceramic laser.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

(a) Output energy and optical efficiency as functions of absorbed pump energy for the optimized Yb:YAG laser. (b) Near-field image of the laser output at maximum energy overlaid with one-dimensional lineouts.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Yb:YAG ceramic regen. Pol, polarizer; λ/2, half-wave plate; λ/4, quarter-wave plate.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

(a) Output energy and energy variations of the regen pumped with a 670 μm pump spot. (b) Near-field image of the output beam at maximum energy overlaid with one-dimensional lineouts.

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