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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