An efficient compact diode-pumped actively <i>Q</i>-switched Nd:GdVO<sub>4</sub> laser at 1521 nm is demonstrated by use of the nonlinear optical process of stimulated Raman scattering. With a 13.6-W diode pump power, greater than 1.18 W of 1521-nm average power at a repetition rate of 20 kHz is generated. At a repetition rate of 5 kHz, the pulse width is shorter than 5 ns and the peak power is higher than 20 kW.
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Y. F. Chen, "Efficient 1521-nm Nd:GdVO4 Raman laser," Opt. Lett. 29, 2632-2634 (2004)