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High-beam-quality operation of a 150-W diode-pumped solid state planar waveguide laser
Author(s): Howard J. Baker; J. R. Lee; Denis R. Hall
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Paper Abstract

The planar waveguide solid-state laser, using a large core neodymium doped YAG waveguide and face-pumping by diode bar arrays, is currently producing a multi-mode-mode power up to 160 W, and high beam quality operation at 100 W. The large core waveguide has been shown to be capable of scaling to higher powers. In this paper, experimental developments in multi-pass face-pumping are presented, using double-sided pumping of the waveguide section, and ray tracing techniques are presented which provide an assessment of the pumping efficiency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5120, XIV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, (10 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515809
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Howard J. Baker, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
J. R. Lee, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Denis R. Hall, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5120:
XIV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Krzysztof M. Abramski; Edward F. Plinski; Wieslaw Wolinski, Editor(s)

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