Abstract

The laser performance of highly neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) crystals is reported. In cw laser-diode pumping, a slope efficiency of 54% was achieved for a 2-at.  %-doped sample, which was comparable with the slope efficiency of 55% of YVO4. The crystal also exhibited a slope efficiency of 64% under pulsed Ti:sapphire pumping. Such a high efficiency suggests a total cavity loss of 1%, which is as low as that of commercially available 1-at.  % YAG crystal. The excellent performance of the neodymium-doped YAG crystals indicates their high optical quality.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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