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Laser setup

The laser source of the LASER4DIY project is a diode pumped solid state laser with a Neodymium-doped yttrium orthovanadate (Nd:YVO4) crystal. This widely-used laser is especially suitable for this usecase, since the Nd:YVO4 cristal is cheap, easy to obtain and also, based on the use of the so called bounce geometry, very powerful. In figure 1 you can see the setup of the laser system, which is very similar to the puplication by Thomas and Damzen, 2011 [1]