We demonstrate stimulated Brillouin scattering compression of diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser pulses with a 3-ns duration into 350-ps pulses at a pulse-repetition rate of 100 Hz for what is believed to be the first time. The output pulse energy was 6.5 mJ, with a beam-quality factor M2 of 1.15, and after final amplification the energy reached 36 mJ, with M2 of 2.5.
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A. A. Shilov, G. A. Pasmanik, O. V. Kulagin, and K. Deki, "High-peak-power diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser with a Brillouin phase-conjugation--pulse-compression mirror," Opt. Lett. 26, 1565-1567 (2001)