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Design and characterization of a diode-pumped Nd:YAG retroreflecting slab laser
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and lasing characteristics of a miniaturized, chip-scale Nd:YAG slab laser. The Nd:YAG laser slab utilizes a retroreflecting corner to achieve a 17-cm optical path length with slab geometry of 10×12×2 mm. The laser is constructed, tested, and shown to successfully lase at 1064 nm under edge pumping with an AlGaAs diode laser at 808 nm. The slab laser is operated in a pulsed-pump excitation mode and shown to support a TEM10 single output mode. The fluence achievable from the edge pumping of this initial cavity geometry results in a 6.0% experimentally measured lasing efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 45(12) 124203 doi: 10.1117/1.2403133
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 45, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Steven D. Woodruff, U.S. Dept. of Energy (United States)
NarasimhaRao Ayyalasomayajula, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Lawrence Anthony Hornak, West Virginia Univ. (United States)

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