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Use of CVD diamond in high-power CO2 lasers and laser diode arrays
Author(s): Herman P. Godfried; Steven E. Coe; C. E. Hall; Charles S. James Pickles; Ricardo S. Sussmann; X. Tang; W. K.L. van der Voorden
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in CVD diamond growth and processing technology allow this material to be used effectively in a number of high-power laser applications. New data will be presented on the optical properties at 10.6 micrometer relevant to the use of CVD diamond as optical elements in high-power CO2, lasers. It will be shown that with the current form shape capability, it is possible to achieve sub- fringe flatness (at 633 nm wavelength) on components with diameter greater than 100 mm and that shallow lens with radii of curvature greater than 10 m can be routinely produced. New results will be presented on the influence of the polycrystalline structure on the absolute absorption coefficient at 10.6 micrometer and on the laser damage thresholds, showing that the power density required to cause continuous wave laser damage in CVD diamond of high quality can be higher than that of current optical materials. Theoretical modeling results will be presented on the use of CVD diamond for the heat management of laser diode arrays. Issues such as thermal-mismatch-induced stress and form shape requirements for uniform operation will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3889, Advanced High-Power Lasers, (3 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.380930
Show Author Affiliations
Herman P. Godfried, Drukker International B.V. (Netherlands)
Steven E. Coe, De Beers Industrial Diamond Ltd. (United Kingdom)
C. E. Hall, Drukker International B.V. (Netherlands)
Charles S. James Pickles, De Beers Industrial Diamond Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ricardo S. Sussmann, De Beers Industrial Diamond Ltd. (United Kingdom)
X. Tang, Drukker International B.V. (Netherlands)
W. K.L. van der Voorden, De Beers Industrial Diamond Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3889:
Advanced High-Power Lasers
Marek Osinski; Howard T. Powell; Koichi Toyoda, Editor(s)

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