Optical properties of Yb:Y3Sc2Al3O12 crystal were investigated and compared with those from Yb:YAG crystals. Laser-diode pumped continuous-wave and passively Q-switched Yb:Y3Sc2Al3O12 lasers with Cr4+:YAG crystal as saturable absorber has been demonstrated for the first time.

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