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60-W, near-TEM00, cw diode-end-pumped Nd:YAG laser
Author(s): Steven Chase Tidwell; Jonathan F. Seamans
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Paper Abstract

We report the scaling considerations, design details, and experimental results for an efficient, high-power, diode-pumped laser. This Nd:YAG laser produces a cw output power of 60 W in a near-diffraction-limited beam (i.e., M2 < 1.3). In multimode operation, the laser produces an output power of 92 W. The optical-to-optical efficiency is 26% for TEM00 operation and 44% for multimode operation (based on the diode output power). The near- diffraction-limited average power in Q-switched operation is 40 W at a repetition rate 10 kHz. Polarized output powers of 40 W and extinction ratios of 40:1 have also been obtained for cw TEM00 operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1865, Diode Pumping of Average-Power Solid State Lasers, (16 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146954
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Chase Tidwell, STI Optronics (United States)
Jonathan F. Seamans, STI Optronics (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1865:
Diode Pumping of Average-Power Solid State Lasers
Georg F. Albrecht; Raymond J. Beach; Stephan P. Velsko, Editor(s)

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