We demonstrate an efficient cw 976-nm-diode-pumped Yb3+:Ca4GdO(BO3)3 laser. At room temperature we obtained 814 mW of power with a slope efficiency of 77% and a small-signal gain per round trip of 1.67. We also demonstrate that the Yb3+:Ca4LnO(BO3)3 (Ln = Gd, Y) crystals are suitable for a plano–plano microchip-type cavity. With this microlaser we have obtained an average power of 300 mW, which corresponds to an optical–optical conversion efficiency of 27%.
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Frédéric Druon, Frédérika Augé, François Balembois, Patrick Georges, Alain Brun, Astrid Aron, Frédéric Mougel, Gérard Aka, and Daniel Vivien, "Efficient, tunable, zero-line diode-pumped, continuous-wave Yb3+:Ca4LnO(BO3)3 (Ln = Gd, Y) lasers at room temperature and application to miniature lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 18-22 (2000)