Passively mode-locked high-power Nd:YAG lasers. with multiple laser heads
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- Spühler, G., Südmeyer, T., Paschotta, R. et al. Appl Phys B (2000) 71: 19. doi:10.1007/PL00021154
We discuss power scaling of passively mode-locked lasers using multiple laser heads in the resonator. We experimentally compared two different approaches for the cavity design, both using three side-pumped Nd:YAG laser heads. We obtained a record-high average output power of up to 27 W with close to diffraction-limited beam quality, a pulse duration of 19 ps, a pulse energy of 0.5 μJ, and 23 kW peak power. Single-pass second-harmonic generation in a 10-mm-long LBO crystal yields 16.2 W of 532-nm radiation.