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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 3 — Feb. 6, 2006
  • pp: 1079–1085

High efficiency laser operation of 2 at.% doped crystalline Nd:YAG in a bounce geometry

D. Sauder, A. Minassian, and M. J. Damzen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 1079-1085 (2006)

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High efficiency and high power operation of highly-doped 2 at.% crystalline Nd:YAG is demonstrated in a diode-side pumped bounce amplifier configuration. A linearly-polarized output power of 46.1W is obtained with 101W diode pumping representing the highest power achieved to date, to our knowledge, in a highly doped crystalline Nd:YAG laser. In a system operating at 19.1W output power, the slope efficiency was as high as 60%. With quasi-continuous wave diode pumping 11mJ pulses at 100Hz repetition rate were achieved and passive Q-switching with Cr4+:YAG produced pulses with 12ns duration.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 24, 2005
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: January 24, 2006
Published: February 6, 2006

D. Sauder, A. Minassian, and M. Damzen, "High efficiency laser operation of 2 at.% doped crystalline Nd:YAG in a bounce geometry," Opt. Express 14, 1079-1085 (2006)

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