, Volume 71, Issue 1, pp 19-25
Date: 23 Jan 2014

Passively mode-locked high-power Nd:YAG lasers. with multiple laser heads

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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.