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Latest development of high-power fiber lasers in SPI
Author(s): Stephen Norman; Mikhail N. Zervas; Andrew Appleyard; Michael K. Durkin; Ray Horley; Malcolm P. Varnham; Johan Nilsson; Yoonchan Jeong
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Paper Abstract

High Power Fiber Lasers (HPFLs) and High Power Fiber Amplifiers (HPFAs) promise a number of benefits in terms of their high optical efficiency, degree of integration, beam quality, reliability, spatial compactness and thermal management. These benefits are driving the rapid adoption of HPFLs in an increasingly wide range of applications and power levels ranging from a few Watts, in for example analytical applications, to high-power >1kW materials processing (machining and welding) applications. This paper describes SPI’s innovative technologies, HPFL products and their performance capabilities. The paper highlights key aspects of the design basis and provides an overview of the applications space in both the industrial and aerospace domains. Single-fiber CW lasers delivering 1kW output power at 1080nm have been demonstrated and are being commercialized for aerospace and industrial applications with wall-plug efficiencies in the range 20 to 25%, and with beam parameter products in the range 0.5 to 100 mm.mrad (corresponding to M2 = 1.5 to 300) tailored to application requirements. At power levels in the 1 - 200 W range, SPI’s proprietary cladding-pumping technology, GTWaveTM, has been employed to produce completely fiber-integrated systems using single-emitter broad-stripe multimode pump diodes. This modular construction enables an agile and flexible approach to the configuration of a range of fiber laser / amplifier systems for operation in the 1080nm and 1550nm wavelength ranges. Reliability modeling is applied to determine Systems martins such that performance specifications are robustly met throughout the designed product lifetime. An extensive Qualification and Reliability-proving programme is underway to qualify the technology building blocks that are utilized for the fiber laser cavity, pump modules, pump-driver systems and thermo-mechanical management. In addition to the CW products, pulsed fiber lasers with pulse energies exceeding 1mJ with peak pulse powers of up to 50kW have been developed and are being commercialized. In all cases reducing the total “cost of ownership” for customers and end users is our primary objective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5335, Fiber Lasers: Technology, Systems, and Applications, (7 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.537739
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Norman, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Mikhail N. Zervas, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Andrew Appleyard, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Michael K. Durkin, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Ray Horley, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Malcolm P. Varnham, Southampton Photonics, Inc. (United Kingdom)
Johan Nilsson, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Yoonchan Jeong, Univ. of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5335:
Fiber Lasers: Technology, Systems, and Applications
L. N. Durvasula, Editor(s)

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