Progress towards high power, high brightness neodymium-based thin-disk lasers

A. Kemp, G.J. Valentine, D. Burns

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The characteristics of thin-disk lasers utilising neodymium-doped gain media are examined both experimentally and theoretically. The properties of the thin-disk geometry are shown to be rather different for these materials compared to the more commonly used ytterbium-doped media. Parametric studies indicate the potential benefits of Nd:GdVO4 and this is backed-up by initial experimental results. Physical optics modelling is used to map-out routes to high brightness, rather than merely high power. The particular advantages of composite gain media are highlighted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-344
Number of pages39
JournalProgress in Quantum Electronics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • diode-pumped solid-state lasers
  • thin-disk lasers
  • beam quality
  • thermal management

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