We present a cylindrical rod of single-crystal Nd:YAG fabricated from a bulk crystal using femtosecond laser-induced preferential etching. The rod is pumped at 808 nm, and the laser characteristics at 1064 nm emission and the thermal stability are investigated. The slope efficiency was determined with a maximum optical-to-optical efficiency of 7.9%±0.29% and a FWHM linewidth of 299 ± 63 pm. The etched rod shows parameters consistent with existing Nd:YAG gain crystals. This fabrication technology will find use in composite micro-optical devices where microfluidics, active and passive optics, and structures can be etched out of many different materials and combined into a single device.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials