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Efficient, uniform transverse coupling of diode arrays to laser rods using nonimaging optics
Author(s): Stephen W. Minnigh; Mark G. Knights; Joel M. Avidor; Evan P. Chicklis
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Paper Abstract

Laser diode arrays are currently replacing flashlamps as optical pumping sources for high power solid state laser systems. With this advanced technology comes the challenge of transferring the energy from these sources to the laser material. Coupling the energy emitted by these arrays is important as simultaneously it determines the laser's efficiency and beam quality. Nonimaging reflectors offer several advantages over coupling schemes using imaging devices for this application. Various tradeoffs affecting the laser's output are discussed, while model-predicted and experimental deposition profiles will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1528, Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer, (24 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49137
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen W. Minnigh, Lockheed Sanders (United States)
Mark G. Knights, Lockheed Sanders (United States)
Joel M. Avidor, Lockheed Sanders (United States)
Evan P. Chicklis, Lockheed Sanders (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1528:
Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer
Roland Winston; Robert L. Holman, Editor(s)

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