Simple, thermally-stabilized, diode end-pumped, planar Nd:YAG laser

Justin L. Blows, Judith M. Dawes, James A. Piper

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We report a simple planar Nd:YAG laser design that produces over 3 W of TEM00 output at 1.064 μm, end-pumped by a single laser-diode array. The diode output is brought to a line focus within the laser crystal, producing a planar gain volume. The laser cavity incorporates a single cylindrical lens providing a highly elliptical mode and giving good pump and cavity mode overlap. The strong thermal lensing, which is an unavoidable feature of multi-Watt end-pumping, is exploited in the present cavity design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 1999


  • diode pumped lasers
  • thermal lens
  • astigmatic cavity design
  • planar Nd:YAG laser

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