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Highly doped Yb:YAG Thin-Disk Lasers: A Comparison between Single Crystal and Ceramic Active Media

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Despite the very similar spectroscopic properties, efficient lasing in the thin-disk laser set-up has not been possible for highly doped Yb:YAG single crystals so far, whereas 20% Yb:YAG ceramics display a 60.6% slope efficiency.

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