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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 18 — Sep. 5, 2005
  • pp: 7011–7016

Power scaling of highly neodymium-doped YAG ceramic lasers with a bounce amplifier geometry

Takashige Omatsu, Yasukuni Ojima, Ara Minassian, and Michael Damzen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 18, pp. 7011-7016 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.007011


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Abstract

High power operation of highly-doped ceramic Nd:YAG laser is demonstrated using a laser diode transversely-pumped bounce geometry. Using a 2% doped ceramic Nd:YAG amplifier, an output power of 45W was achieved with 158W diode pumping. The cavity configuration was optimized for TEM00 operation and a high spatial quality output (M2 >1.5) was obtained at an output power of 27W. A ceramic Nd:YAG laser with 4% doping was operated at over 1 watt of output power. These are the highest power levels achieved in ceramic Nd:YAG lasers at >1% doping level.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

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History
Original Manuscript: August 1, 2005
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2005
Published: September 5, 2005

Citation
Takashige Omatsu, Yasukuni Ojima, Ara Minassian, and Michael Damzen, "Power scaling of highly neodymium-doped YAG ceramic lasers with a bounce amplifier geometry," Opt. Express 13, 7011-7016 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-18-7011


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