, Volume 106, Issue 4, pp 877-880
Date: 07 Dec 2011

Compact, diode-side-pumped and Q-switched Nd:YLiF4 laser cavity operating at 1053 nm with diffraction limited beam quality

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This work reports a diode-side-pumped and passively Q-switched Nd:YLiF4 (YLF) laser operating at 1053 nm using a new laser resonator concept. Very stable pulses of 1 mJ energy with less than 10 ns pulse duration are obtained at 1 kHz repetition rate in a very simple, compact, and robust cavity that uses a double bounce configuration to achieve TEM00 operation.