, Volume 80, Issue 6, pp 635-638
Date: 17 Mar 2005

Sapphire-conductive end-cooling of high power cryogenic Yb:YAG lasers

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We have demonstrated a high-power laser oscillator with end-cooling using a sapphire-sandwiched Yb:YAG disk at near liquid nitrogen temperature. An output power of 75 W with a near-diffraction-limited beam was obtained from a 0.6-mm thick activemedium. The slope efficiency and themaximum optical–optical efficiency were 80 and 70%, respectively, with respect to absorbed pump power.

This revised version was published online in August 2005 with a corrected cover date.