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Compact, 17W average power, 100kW peak power, nanosecond fiber laser system
Author(s): Matthieu J. Saracco; David Logan; Jared Green; David Balsley; Mike Nelson; Jay Small; Scott Mettlen; Tyson L. Lowder; Timothy S. McComb; Tim Kutscha; Gary Burkholder; Michael R. Smith; Dahv A. V. Kliner; Matthew Randall; Geoff Fanning; Jake Bell
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a robust, compact, low-cost, pulsed, linearly polarized, 1064 nm, Yb:fiber laser system capable of generating ~100 kW peak power pulses and >17 W average power at repetition rates of 80 – 285 kHz. The system employs a configurable microchip seed laser that provides nanosecond (~1.0 – 1.5 ns) pulse durations. The seed pulses are amplified in an all-fiber, polarization maintaining, large mode area (LMA) fiber amplifier optimized for high peak power operation. The LMA Yb:fiber amplifier enables near diffraction limited beam quality at 100 kW peak power. The seed laser, fiber amplifier, and beam delivery optics are packaged into an air-cooled laser head of 152×330×87 mm3 with pump power provided from a separate air-cooled laser controller. Due to the high peak power, high beam quality, spectral purity, and linearly polarized nature of the output beam, the laser is readily frequency doubled to 532 nm. Average 532 nm powers up to 7 W and peak powers exceeding 40 kW have been demonstrated. Potential for scaling to higher peak and average powers in both the green and infrared (IR) will be discussed. This laser system has been field tested and demonstrated in numerous materials processing applications in both the IR and green, including scribing and marking. We discuss recent results that demonstrate success in processing a diverse array of representative industrial samples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8601, Fiber Lasers X: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 86012U (22 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004285
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Matthieu J. Saracco, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
David Logan, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Jared Green, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
David Balsley, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Mike Nelson, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Jay Small, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Scott Mettlen, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Tyson L. Lowder, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Timothy S. McComb, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Tim Kutscha, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Gary Burkholder, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Michael R. Smith, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Dahv A. V. Kliner, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Matthew Randall, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Geoff Fanning, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Jake Bell, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8601:
Fiber Lasers X: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Sami T. Hendow, Editor(s)

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