A high-average-power, high-beam-quality picosecond laser is presented that is based on CW diode side-pumped Nd:YVO4 thin-slab amplifiers having a bounce geometry. More than 65 W of output power with a beam quality of M2≈1.3 is obtained at an optical–optical efficiency of 46%.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: December 20, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 8, 2013
Published: March 14, 2013
Takaharu Yoshino, Hiroki Seki, Yu Tokizane, Katsuhiko Miyamoto, and Takashige Omatsu, "Efficient high-quality picosecond Nd:YVO4bounce laser system," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 894-897 (2013)