High power single-frequency continuous-wave Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power amplifier
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We report a highly-efficient, high-power, single-frequency Nd:YVO4 master-oscillator power-amplifier with near-diffraction-limited output beam quality. A diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 ring laser incorporating a passive method for suppressing axial-mode-hopping was employed as the master-oscillator, and was amplified by a three-stage diode-end-pumped Nd:YVO4 amplifier, yielding 79 W of output with an extraction efficiency of 29%. The overall power gain was 15 dB for an input power from the master-oscillator of 2.4 W, and the M2 parameter was less than 1.5 at the maximum power. The prospects for a further increase of power and brightness via this approach are considered.
KeywordsPump Power Pump Beam Beam Quality Astigmatism Thermal Lens
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