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Opt Express. 2008 Jul 21;16(15):11247-52.

High-efficiency direct-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser operating at 1.34 microm.

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College of Precision Instrument and Opto-electronics Engineering, Institute of Laser and Opto-electronics, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.


We report a high-efficiency Nd:YVO(4) laser operating at 1342 nm pumped by an all-solid-state Q-switched Ti:Sapphire laser at 879 nm. A plano-concave cavity was optimized to obtain high efficiency and good beam quality. Output power for two Nd:YVO(4) crystals with 1.0- and 3.0- at.% Nd(3+) doping under 879-nm pumping was measured respectively. Comparative results obtained by traditional pumping at 808 nm into the highly absorbing (4)F(5/2) level were presented, showing that the slope efficiency of the 1.0-at.% Nd:YVO(4) laser under 879-nm pumping was 10.5% higher than that of 808-nm pumping. In a 4-mm-thick, 1.0-at.% Nd:YVO(4)4 crystal, a high slope efficiency of 64% was achieved under 879-nm pumping, with an optical-to-optical conversion efficiency of 41.3%.

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