We report on a compact and highly efficient diode-end-pumped TEM><sub>00</sub> Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> slab laser with an output power of 103 W and beam quality M<sup>2</sup>≤≦1.5 . The optical-to-optical efficiency was 41.5%. In electro-optically <i>Q</i> -switched operation, 83 W of average power at a pulse-repetition rate of 50 kHz with a pulse length of 11.3 ns was obtained. At a pulse-repetition rate of 10 kHz, 5.6 mJ of pulse energy, and 870 kW of peak power were measured.
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Keming Du, Daijun Li, Hengli Zhang, Peng Shi, Xiaoyu Wei, and Robert Diart, "Electro-optically Q-switched NdYVO 4 slab laser with a high repetition rate and a short pulse width," Opt. Lett. 28, 87-89 (2003)