Abstract

We describe a monolithic diode-laser-pumped Nd:YLF minilaser that operates at 1.053 μm. By aligning the c axis of the Nd:YLF crystal parallel to the laser resonator axis we are able to suppress completely lasing on the (higher-gain) 1.047-μm transition of Nd:YLF. We describe the design and fabrication of the laser and report its cw and gain-switched performance. Our measurements of the laser performance agree well with calculations.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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