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High-average-power YAG lasers and applications
Author(s): Hirotaka Kanazawa; Akihiro Nishimi; Minoru Uehara; Keinosuke Maeda; Yutaka Wakasa
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Paper Abstract

A novel multi-rod cw Nd:YAG laser with 4 kW output power through an optical fiber has been developed. We adopted a unique YAG rod arrangement which minimizes the distance between adjacent rods. By using such a resonator, the laser output power of 4.8 kW was extracted from the laser resonator at an oscillation efficiency of 3.9%. The fiber power transmission with a fused silica fiber of 1.0 mm diameter is possible for the delivered laser power of 4.4 kW with transmission efficiency of about 92%, which is the same as a theoretical reflection loss at end surfaces. Welding experiments using the developed 4 kW YAG laser with a fiber- connected multi-joint robots showed excellent performance of 10 mm penetration for stainless steel welding and of more than 4 mm penetration for aluminum alloys.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3092, XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference, (4 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.270267
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Hirotaka Kanazawa, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Akihiro Nishimi, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Minoru Uehara, Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Keinosuke Maeda, Ishikawajima System Technology Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Yutaka Wakasa, Ishikawajima System Technology Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3092:
XI International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers and High-Power Laser Conference
Denis R. Hall; Howard J. Baker, Editor(s)

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