Experimental demonstrations of two edge-pumped zigzag slab lasers are presented. The Nd:YAG slab laser generated 127 W of multimode output power with 300W of pump power. Preliminary results with a Yb:YAG slab produced 46 W of output power with 315W of pump power. The edge-pumped slab design permits symmetric conduction cooling and efficient pump absorption and accepts large-numerical-aperture pump sources.
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(140.3320) Lasers and laser optics : Laser cooling
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
T. S. Rutherford, W. M. Tulloch, S. Sinha, and R. L. Byer, "Yb:YAG and Nd:YAG edge-pumped slab lasers," Opt. Lett. 26, 986-988 (2001)