Heat generation in Nd:YVO4 with and without laser action

Justin L. Blows*, Takashige Omatsu, Judith Dawes, Helen Pask, Mitsuhiro Tateda

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    We present quantitative interferometric measurements of thermal lensing in a diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 crystal with and without laser action. The thermal loading increased by two times when laser action was inhibited. The thermal loading was strongly dependent on upper laser-level loss mechanisms (e.g., nonradiative decay, quenching, and Auger recombination).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1727-1729
    Number of pages3
    JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998


    • Interferometry
    • Laser thermal factors
    • Neodymium
    • Solid lasers
    • Thermal lensing


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