I find on Wikipedia that Nd:YAG absorbs mostly in the bands between 730–760 nm and 790–820 nm, and are pumped with flash tube or laser diodes. Couldn't it get pumped with normal near IR power LEDs (730nm) ?
What optical output could I expect, if I tried to pump such a rod, with a row of 10×10w power LEDs in an elliptic reflector ?
Also, those lasers radiates at 1064nm. What kind of material is OK to use for lenses and mirrors at that wavelength ?