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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1995
  • pp: 459–461

40-W cw, TEM00-mode, diode-laser-pumped, Nd:YAG miniature-slab laser

R. J. Shine, Jr., A. J. Alfrey, and R. L. Byer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 459-461 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.000459


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Abstract

We have built a diode-laser-pumped Nd:YAG slab laser that emits 40 W of cw power in a TEM00 mode and 72 W of power in multimode operation when pumped with 235 W. The slope efficiencies are 22% for TEM00-mode operation and 36% for multimode operation. The laser uses a zigzag slab geometry to reduce thermally induced distortions and operates at less than one wave of distortion at the full pump power. A significant advantage of our design over those of previous slab lasers is a new Teflon AF protective coating on the slab total-internal-reflection surfaces, which greatly simplifies the mounting and cooling of the slab laser medium.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: August 10, 1994
Published: March 1, 1995

Citation
R. J. Shine, A. J. Alfrey, and R. L. Byer, "40-W cw, TEM00-mode, diode-laser-pumped, Nd:YAG miniature-slab laser," Opt. Lett. 20, 459-461 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-5-459

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