A diode-pumped Nd:YVO<sub>4</sub> laser is demonstrated that has a reciprocal self-intersecting loop cavity with self-organization by formation of a dynamic holographic grating induced by the generating beam. Continuous-wave high spatial quality generation (<i>M</i><sup>2</sup>< 1.2) with 9.6 W of power and 32% optical efficiency is obtained. Spectral compositions and temporal dynamics are investigated as functions of diode-pumping power.
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Oleg N. Eremeykin, Oleg L. Antipov, Ara Minassian, and Michael J. Damzen, "Efficient continuous-wave generation in a self-organizing diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser with a reciprocal dynamic holographic cavity," Opt. Lett. 29, 2390-2392 (2004)