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Numerical designs of 100-kW-class solid-media lasers
Author(s): Santanu Basu; James Depsky; Rashmi S. Shah; Tom Endo
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Paper Abstract

in this paper, we have reviewed the design principles and numerical formalisms applicable to push the average power limits of state-of-the-art solid-media lasers from typically 1 kilowatt to hundreds of kilowatt. Several device architectures are considered, taking into account utilization of off-the-shelf technology, and inclusion of realistic values of propagation loss. We demonstrate that once the beam propagation problem is addressed properly, laser devices employing solid-media are capable of producing 100 kW to 1 MW of average output power in cw operation at 6 to 12% wall plug efficiency. This will open up applications for solid-media lasers where gaseous and chemical lasers are currently used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 1997
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2989, Modeling and Simulation of Higher-Power Laser Systems IV, (2 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273659
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Santanu Basu, Rocketdyne Div./Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
James Depsky, Rocketdyne Div./Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
Rashmi S. Shah, Rocketdyne Div./Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
Tom Endo, Rocketdyne Div./Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2989:
Modeling and Simulation of Higher-Power Laser Systems IV
Usamah O. Farrukh; Santanu Basu, Editor(s)

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