Abstract

We demonstrate a compact, high-power, quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) end-pumped 1319 nm Nd:YAG slab amplifier laser with good beam quality. The laser is based on a QCW pulse Nd:YAG master oscillator and Nd:YAG slab amplifier with multi-pass zigzag architecture. The amplifier operates at a pulse repetition frequency of 500 Hz and pulse width of 105  μs, delivering a maximum output power of 51.5 W under absorbed pump power of 217.8 W and corresponding to an extraction efficiency of 14.2%. The beam quality factor is measured to be Mx2=1.61 and My2=1.81 in the orthogonal directions. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first compact, high-power, high-beam-quality QCW Nd:YAG amplifier at 1319 nm based on a multi-pass zigzag slab structure.

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