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Progress towards high power, high brightness neodymium-based thin-disk lasers

Kemp, A. and Valentine, G.J. and Burns, D. (2004) Progress towards high power, high brightness neodymium-based thin-disk lasers. Progress in Quantum Electronics, 28 (6). pp. 305-344. ISSN 0079-6727

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Abstract

The characteristics of thin-disk lasers utilising neodymium-doped gain media are examined both experimentally and theoretically. The properties of the thin-disk geometry are shown to be rather different for these materials compared to the more commonly used ytterbium-doped media. Parametric studies indicate the potential benefits of Nd:GdVO4 and this is backed-up by initial experimental results. Physical optics modelling is used to map-out routes to high brightness, rather than merely high power. The particular advantages of composite gain media are highlighted.