As much as 1.6-W average output power was emitted in a simple setup from a diffusion-bonded Nd:YAG rod with 70–100-ns <i>Q</i>-switched pulses at 946 nm and repetition frequencies between 15 and 45 kHz at 22-W incident diode-pump power. A Cr<sup>4+</sup>:YAG crystal with a bleachable loss of approximately 2.5% and a length of 0.5 mm was used as a saturable absorber. The extraction efficiency was 47% in comparison with the continuous-wave laser output power of 3.37 W in the free-running regime.
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Tim Kellner, Frank Heine, Günter Huber, and Stefan Kück, "Passive Q Switching of a Diode-Pumped 946-nm Nd:YAG Laser with 1.6-W Average Output Power," Appl. Opt. 37, 7076-7079 (1998)