We report continuous-wave and actively <i>Q</i> -switched laser performance achieved with Nd:LuVO<sub>4</sub> crystal for the <sup>4</sup><i>F</i><sub>3/2</sub>→<sup>4</sup><i>I</i><sub>11/2</sub> transition (corresponding wavelength of 1065.8 nm) under high-power diode pumping. Continuous-wave output power of 12.55 W is obtained with an optical conversion efficiency of 50.2%. In actively <i>Q</i>-switched operation the average output power reaches 5.42 W at a pulse repetition frequency of 40 kHz with 18 W of pump power incident upon the crystal, yielding an optical conversion efficiency of 30.1%. The pulse energy and peak power reach 138 μJ and 16.2 kW, respectively, at a pulse repetition frequency of 25 kHz under a pump power of 14.2 W; the pulse duration is 8.5 ns.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
Junhai Liu, Huaijin Zhang, Zhengping Wang, Jiyang Wang, Zongshu Shao, Minhua Jiang, and Horst Weber, "Continuous-wave and pulsed laser performance of Nd:LuVO4 crystal," Opt. Lett. 29, 168-170 (2004)