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High brightness fiber coupled pump modules optimized for optical efficiency and power
Author(s): Kirk Price; Marty Hemenway; Ling Bao; John Bai; Kylan Hoener; Kevin Shea; David Dawson; Manoj Kanskar
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Paper Abstract

We report on the continued development of high performance fiber coupled laser diode modules at nLIGHT. We show that by optimizing the laser resonator design single emitter diode lasers can be tailored for high brightness or for reduced $/W applications. For instance, a fiber laser pump module based on 6 single emitter diode lasers couples efficiently into a 105 μm, 0.15 NA fiber with peak operating efficiency <59% and output power < 65W. These results are made possible by optimizing the diode laser slow axis brilliance and by increasing the optical to optical efficiency to 90%. We will also report on the development of tailored laser resonator that meets the power, brightness, and cost targets for industrial applications. For instance, a wider emitter has reliable performance of <18W of output power while maintaining the slow axis divergence required for coupling into a fiber with a 12 mm-mrad beam parameter product. The corresponding 50% increase in output power significantly improves the $/W performance. These results of high brightness and high efficiency demonstrate the pump technology required for next generation solid state, fiber lasers, and materials processing applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8605, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XI, 860506 (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005385
Show Author Affiliations
Kirk Price, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Marty Hemenway, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Ling Bao, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
John Bai, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Kylan Hoener, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Kevin Shea, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
David Dawson, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Manoj Kanskar, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8605:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XI
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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