We present, for what we believe is the first time, results of continuous-wave diode-pumping of a Nd:YVO <sub>4</sub> laser with an adaptive gain-grating resonator. The system is shown to produce more than a 7-W output in a TEM><sub>00</sub> single longitudinal mode with a laser beam propagation parameter M<sup>2</sup> of <1.3 and <1.1 in the x and y axes, respectively. We demonstrate the self-adaptive abilities of the resonator by spatial correction of an intracavity aberrator for both injected and self-starting versions of the cavity.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5040) Nonlinear optics : Phase conjugation
M. Trew, G. J. Crofts, M. J. Damzen, J. Hendricks, S. Mailis, D. P. Shepherd, A. C. Tropper, and R. W. Eason, "Multiwatt continuous-wave adaptive laser resonator," Opt. Lett. 25, 1346-1348 (2000)