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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 13 — Jun. 21, 2010
  • pp: 13993–14003

Power and energy scaling of a diode-end-pumped Nd:YLF laser through gain optimization

Christoph Bollig, Cobus Jacobs, M. J. Daniel Esser, Edward H. Bernhardi, and Hubertus M. von Bergmann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 13, pp. 13993-14003 (2010)

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An end-pumped Nd:YLF laser was demonstrated, which delivered 60.3 W continuous-wave and more than 52 W Q-switched average power for all repetition rates from 5 to 30 kHz. To achieve this, an analytical solution to estimate and optimize the unsaturated gain in an end-pumped laser gain medium was derived. The approach presented here should open up the route for scaling end-pumped lasers to even higher power and energy levels.

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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

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 17, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2010
Published: June 15, 2010

Christoph Bollig, Cobus Jacobs, M. J. Daniel Esser, Edward H. Bernhardi, and Hubertus M. von Bergmann, "Power and energy scaling of a diode-end-pumped Nd:YLF laser through gain optimization," Opt. Express 18, 13993-14003 (2010)

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