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Efficiency of Nd laser materials with laser diode pumping

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4 Author(s)
Barnes, N.P. ; NASA Langley Res. Center, Hampton, VA, USA ; Storm, M.E. ; Cross, P.L. ; Skolaut, M.W., Jr.

For pulsed laser-diode-pumped lasers, where efficiency is the most important issue, the choice of the Nd laser material makes a significant difference. The absorption efficiency, storage efficiency, and extraction efficiency for Nd:YAG, Nd:YLF, Nd:GSGG, Nd:BEL, Nd:YVO4 , and Nd:glass are calculated. The materials are then compared under the assumption of equal quantum efficiency and damage threshold. Nd:YLF is found to be the best candidate for the application discussed here

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 3 )