Abstract

We report the demonstration of a near-diffraction-limited, compact, diode-end-pumped double-clad planar waveguide Nd:YAG laser. Efficient laser operation was achieved for the three dominant Nd3+ transitions, at 1.064, 0.946, and 1.32 μm, with TE polarized output powers of 1.33, 0.57, and 0.33  W for the available output couplers. The output beam from the monolithic plane–plane laser cavity had measured M2 values of 1.0 and 1.8 perpendicular and parallel, respectively, to the plane of the waveguide.

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