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Thermal effect of large-diameter laser rod in multi-direction side-pump high power pulsed Nd:YAG laser amplifier
Author(s): Shuzhen Nie; Tianzhuo Zhao; Zhongwei Fan; Hong Xiao
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, a 15-direction ring laser diode array is chosen as pumping source in order to get uniform pump in laser medium. The diameter of laser rod is 15mm for obtaining high output laser energy. A numerical model of the side-pump pulsed Nd:YAG laser amplifier is set up. The finite element method using Ansys software is adopted to analyze the time-varying thermal effect. In order to find the temperature influence of the pump light’s distribution, the temperature distributions in laser rod loaded by 15-direction Gaussian beam and simplified uniform beam are calculated and the results are comparatively analyzed. Despite the highest temperature in laser rod is different, the whole variation trend is similar which indicates time-varying characteristic. The thermal lens effect is also calculated and the results indicate that the temperature gradient in the medium plays the most important role. This study could provide a simulation tool to evaluate the thermal effect of the laser amplifier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 October 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10152, High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration, 101520H (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2245526
Show Author Affiliations
Shuzhen Nie, Academy of Opto-Electronics, CAS (China)
Tianzhuo Zhao, Academy of Opto-Electronics, CAS (China)
Zhongwei Fan, Academy of Opto-Electronics, CAS (China)
Hong Xiao, Academy of Opto-Electronics, CAS (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10152:
High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration
Lijun Wang; Zhiping Zhou, Editor(s)

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