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Continued advances in high brightness fiber-coupled laser modules for efficient pumping of fiber and solid-state lasers
Author(s): M. Hemenway; Z. Chen; W. Urbanek; D. Dawson; L. Bao; M. Kanskar; M. DeVito; R. Martinsen
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Paper Abstract

Both the fibber laser and diode-pumped solid-state laser market continue to drive advances in pump diode module brightness. We report on the continued progress by nLIGHT to develop and deliver the highest brightness diode-laser pumps using single-emitter technology. Continued advances in multimode laser diode technology [13] and fiber-coupling techniques have enabled higher emitter counts in the element packages, enabling us to demonstrate 305 W into 105 μm – 0.16 NA. This brightness improvement is achieved by leveraging our prior-reported package re-optimization, allowing an increase in the emitter count from two rows of nine emitters to two rows of twelve emitters. Leveraging the two rows off twelve emitter architecture,, product development has commenced on a 400 W into 200 μm – 00.16 NA package. Additionally, the advances in pump technology intended for CW Yb-doped fiber laser pumping has been leveraged to develop the highest brightness 793 nm pump modules for 2 μm Thulium fiber laser pumping, generating 150 W into 200 μm – 0.18 NA and 100 W into 105 μm – 0.15 NA. Lastly, renewed interest in direct diode materials processing led us to experiment with wavelength multiplexing our existing state of the art 200 W, 105 μm – 00.15 NA package into a combined output of 395 WW into 105 μm –– 0.16 NA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10514, High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI, 105140P (19 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290196
Show Author Affiliations
M. Hemenway, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
Z. Chen, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
W. Urbanek, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
D. Dawson, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
L. Bao, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
M. Kanskar, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
M. DeVito, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)
R. Martinsen, nLIGHT, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10514:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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