Edge-pumped quasi-three-level slab lasers: design and power scaling

@article{Rutherford2000EdgepumpedQS,
  title={Edge-pumped quasi-three-level slab lasers: design and power scaling},
  author={T. S. Rutherford and W. Selby Tulloch and E. Gustafson and R. L. Byer},
  journal={IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics},
  year={2000},
  volume={36},
  pages={205-219}
}
We present a novel design for a quasi-three-level laser. The design uses a slab laser configuration with the pump light incident from the slab edge. This allows a lower threshold and better power scaling than a conventional face-pumped slab. We present an analytic description of pumping optimization, thermal distortion, and power scaling. Several point designs illustrating power scaling are also described. 

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