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Demonstration and power scaling of edge-pumped zig-zag slab lasers

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Abstract

We have generated 127 W with 42% optical efficiency in a Nd:YAG edge-pumped, conduction-cooled, zig-zag slab laser. Based on this result, we present power scaling calculations which predict efficient operation up 100 kW power levels in Yb:YAG.

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