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Compact high-brightness and high-power diode laser source for materials processing
Author(s): Hans-Georg Treusch; Jim Harrison; Robert Morris; Jeff J. Powers; Dennis Brown; Joey Martin
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Paper Abstract

A compact, reliable semiconductor laser source for materials processing, medical and pumping applications is described. This industrial laser source relies on a combination of technologies that have matured in recent years. In particular, effective means of stacking and imaging monolithic semiconductor laser arrays (a.k.a., bars), together with advances in the design and manufacture of the bars, have enabled the production of robust sources at market-competitive costs. Semiconductor lasers are presently the only lasers known that combine an efficiency of about 50% with compact size and high reliability. Currently the maximum demonstrated output power of a 10-mm-wide semiconductor laser bar exceeds the 260 W level when assembled on an actively cooled heat sink. (The rated power is in the range of 50 to 100 W.) Power levels in the kW range can be reached by stacking such devices. The requirements on the stacking technique and the optic assembly to achieve high brightness are discussed. Optics for beam collimation in fast and slow axis are compared. An example for an optical setup to use in materials processing will be shown. Spot sizes as low as 0.4 mm X 1.2 mm at a numerical aperture of 0.3 and output power of 1 kW are demonstrated. This results in a power density of more than 200 kW/cm2. A setup for further increase in brightness by wavelength and polarization coupling will be outlined. For incoherent coupling of multiple beams into a single core optical fiber, a sophisticated beam-shaping device is needed to homogenize the beam quality of stacked semiconductor lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3945, Laser Diodes and LEDs in Industrial, Measurement, Imaging, and Sensors Applications II; Testing, Packaging, and Reliability of Semiconductor Lasers V, (29 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.380541
Show Author Affiliations
Hans-Georg Treusch, Opto Power Corp. (United States)
Jim Harrison, Opto Power Corp. (United States)
Robert Morris, Opto Power Corp. (United States)
Jeff J. Powers, Opto Power Corp. (United States)
Dennis Brown, Opto Power Corp. (United States)
Joey Martin, Opto Power Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3945:
Laser Diodes and LEDs in Industrial, Measurement, Imaging, and Sensors Applications II; Testing, Packaging, and Reliability of Semiconductor Lasers V
Geoffrey T. Burnham; S. C. Wang; Geoffrey T. Burnham; Xiaoguang He; Kurt J. Linden; S. C. Wang, Editor(s)

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