Neodymium-doped yttrium vanadate (Nd:YVO4) is one of the best commercially available diode-pumped solid-state laser materials. It has a high laser-induced damage threshold, with good mechanical and optical properties. Its large stimulated emission cross-section and high absorption of pump laser make it an effective crystal for compact lasers.
A broad absorption band centered at 808 nm and favorable mechanical properties make Nd:YVO4 well-suited for compact, efficient, high power diode-pumped lasers.
The natural birefringence of vanadate crystals provides a highly polarized output at 1064 and 1342 nm. Nd:YVO4 is a go-to choice for a 1342 nm, as the emission line is much stronger than those of alternatives.