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  • Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 1995),
  • paper CMD5

Diode-bar-pumped Nd:YVO4 lasers with >13-W TEM00 output at >50% efficiency

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Abstract

We have developed configurations of diode-bar-pumped Nd:YVO4 lasers that generate up to 13.8 W of TEM00 output (M2 ~ 1.05) with over 50% optical conversion efficiency. To our knowledge, this is the highest average power achieved to date with Nd:YVO4 as the active medium. Additionally, this is the highest conversion efficiency reported to date for a diode-bar-pumped TEM00 laser with over 10 W of output power. High efficiency is required in many applications to maximize diode lifetime and therefore minimize cost. Additional constraints are placed upon pointing, power, and mode stability as a function of environmental parameters.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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