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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3971–3976

YAG laser end and side pumped by a laser diode

Gaoqiang Yuan, Tow C. Chong, and Baoxi Xu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 18, pp. 3971-3976 (1998)

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A combined end and side pump approach for a YAG laser pumped by a laser diode is proposed. The theoretical analysis of the total pump efficiency of the end and side pump module is presented. A laser-diode-pumped YAG laser is successfully demonstrated by use of this pump configuration. The experimental pump threshold is 81.2 mJ, the maximum output is 4.4 mJ, and the optical efficiency is approximately 3.1% for Q-switched operation of the YAG laser.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

Original Manuscript: October 1, 1997
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 1998
Published: June 20, 1998

Gaoqiang Yuan, Tow C. Chong, and Baoxi Xu, "YAG laser end and side pumped by a laser diode," Appl. Opt. 37, 3971-3976 (1998)

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