Abstract

A high-power multistripe diode-laser array has been used to pump miniature zigzag slab oscillators of Nd:YAG and Nd:glass. With Nd:YAG we have demonstrated output at 1.06 μm of 70-kW peak power and 585-mW average power with an electrical-to-optical efficiency of 4%. In this experiment the Nd:glass lasers were limited to 160-mW average power and less efficiency than the Nd:YAG. The differences between these materials are discussed.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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