Power and energy scaling of a diode-end-pumped Nd:YLF laser through gain optimization

Christoph Bollig, Cobus Jacobs, Edward H. Bernhardi, Hubertus M. von Bergmann, Daniel Esser

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Abstract

An end-pumped Nd:YLF laser was demonstrated, which delivered 60.3 W continuous-wave and more than 52 W Q-switched average power for all repetition rates from 5 to 30 kHz. To achieve this, an analytical solution to estimate and optimize the unsaturated gain in an end-pumped laser gain medium was derived. The approach presented here should open up the route for scaling end-pumped lasers to even higher power and energy levels. (C) 2010 Optical Society of America

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13993-14003
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Volume18
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • SOLID-STATE LASERS
  • ND-YLF LASER
  • CRYSTALS
  • UP-CONVERSION
  • STIMULATED-EMISSION
  • TEM00 ND-YVO4 OSCILLATOR
  • EFFICIENT
  • LIFETIME
  • ABSORPTION
  • SLAB LASER

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