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Efficient high-quality picosecond Nd:YVO4 bounce laser system

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Abstract

A high-average-power, high-beam-quality picosecond laser is presented that is based on CW diode side-pumped Nd:YVO4 thin-slab amplifiers having a bounce geometry. More than 65 W of output power with a beam quality of M21.3 is obtained at an optical–optical efficiency of 46%.

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