An efficient and high output power laser has been realized for an Er:Yb:YAl3(BO3)4 crystal end pumped by a 970nm diode laser. Under the absorbed pump power of 15.5W, quasi-continuous-wave output power of 2.0W at 1.51.6μm has been obtained in a hemispherical cavity. The laser had an absorbed pump threshold power of 4.7W and a slope efficiency of 21%. The influence of the laser output power and output coupler transmission on the output laser spectra has also been investigated.

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