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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2005
  • pp: 726–728

520-W continuous-wave diode corner-pumped composite Yb:YAG slab laser

Qiang Liu, Mali Gong, Fuyuan Lu, Wupeng Gong, and Chen Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 7, pp. 726-728 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.000726


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Abstract

We present a pumping scheme for a quasi-three-level solid-state laser. The scheme uses a slab laser configuration with the pump light incident from the slab corners. A diode-corner-pumped composite Yb:YAG-YAG slab laser operating in high-power cw mode was designed to prove the scheme. As much as 520 W of output power was obtained from a single 1-mm-thick composite slab with 0.5-at. %-doped Yb:YAG. The slope efficiency and the optical-to-optical efficiency with respect to the pump power were 32% and 25%, respectively. This result shows the validity of the corner-pumping concept and its feasibility in the development of high-power solid-state lasers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

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Qiang Liu, Mali Gong, Fuyuan Lu, Wupeng Gong, and Chen Li, "520-W continuous-wave diode corner-pumped composite Yb:YAG slab laser," Opt. Lett. 30, 726-728 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-7-726


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