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Maximizing coupling-efficiency of high-power diode lasers utilizing hybrid assembly technology
Author(s): D. Zontar; M. Dogan; S. Fulghum; T. Müller; S. Haag; C. Brecher
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present hybrid assembly technology to maximize coupling efficiency for spatially combined laser systems. High quality components, such as center-turned focusing units, as well as suitable assembly strategies are necessary to obtain highest possible output ratios. Alignment strategies are challenging tasks due to their complexity and sensitivity. Especially in low-volume production fully automated systems are economically at a disadvantage, as operator experience is often expensive. However reproducibility and quality of automatically assembled systems can be superior. Therefore automated and manual assembly techniques are combined to obtain high coupling efficiency while preserving maximum flexibility. The paper will describe necessary equipment and software to enable hybrid assembly processes. Micromanipulator technology with high step-resolution and six degrees of freedom provide a large number of possible evaluation points. Automated algorithms are necess ary to speed-up data gathering and alignment to efficiently utilize available granularity for manual assembly processes. Furthermore, an engineering environment is presented to enable rapid prototyping of automation tasks with simultaneous data ev aluation. Integration with simulation environments, e.g. Zemax, allows the verification of assembly strategies in advance. Data driven decision making ensures constant high quality, documents the assembly process and is a basis for further improvement. The hybrid assembly technology has been applied on several applications for efficiencies above 80% and will be discussed in this paper. High level coupling efficiency has been achieved with minimized assembly as a result of semi-automated alignment. This paper will focus on hybrid automation for optimizing and attaching turning mirrors and collimation lenses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9348, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XIII, 934810 (13 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080214
Show Author Affiliations
D. Zontar, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
M. Dogan, Science Research Lab., Inc. (United States)
S. Fulghum, Science Research Lab., Inc. (United States)
T. Müller, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
S. Haag, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
C. Brecher, RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9348:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XIII
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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