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Uniformity of pump intensity distribution in diode-array side-pumped laser rod
Author(s): Wenwen Liu; Yanxiong Niu; Haixia Liu; Caili Wang; Haisha Niu; Da Man
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Paper Abstract

Diode-pumped solid-state lasers are high efficiency, long lifetime, compact and reliable, so they have been covering a wide range of applications. Thermal effect is a major limiting factor in scaling the average power of high-power solid-state lasers, so it is a critical issue in designing diode-pumped solid-state lasers. The uniform pump intensity distribution in laser rod can weaken the influence of thermal effects in laser, and the research of improving the pump distribution uniformity has attracted a great deal of attention. People usually establish a model of single diode-bar pumped laser rod to calculate the distribution. However, for diode-array pumped high-power lasers, the model is limited and has deviation with the actual pump distribution, which cannot reflect the real working conditions in the laser. In this paper, the theoretical model of diode-array pumped laser rod is built. Based on the actual working environment of diode-array side-pumped Tm:YAG laser rod, the expression of pump intensity distribution in the laser medium is deduced. Additionally, the influence of total pump power, pump structure, Tm:YAG rod characteristic parameters and pump beam radius on pump intensity distribution are simulated and analyzed. Moreover, the parameters are optimized in order to obtain the optimistic results which are efficient to improve the uniformity of pump distribution. The results show that when the pumping distance from diode-array to the rod’s surface is 3mm, the distance between two rows of diode-bars is 1mm, the absorption coefficient is 330m-1,the pump beam width is 2.5mm,the pump intensity distribution of five-way pumped laser rod is improved, and then the thermal effects could be weakened. The presented results can provide theoretical guidance to design and optimization of high-power lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9266, High-Power Lasers and Applications VII, 92661J (18 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2065220
Show Author Affiliations
Wenwen Liu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Yanxiong Niu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Haixia Liu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Caili Wang, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Haisha Niu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Da Man, BeiHang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9266:
High-Power Lasers and Applications VII
Ruxin Li; Upendra N. Singh; Robert F. Walter, Editor(s)

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