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Rotating-disk solid state lasers: thermal properties
Author(s): Alan H. Paxton; Steven M. Massey; Jason B. McKay; Harold C. Miller
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Paper Abstract

Approximate calculations of the temperature distribution of a rotating-disk solid-state laser are presented. The surfaces of the Nd:YAG or Nd:glass rotating disk pass close to two water-cooled plates. A thin gap, filled with gas, separates each plate from the disk. For an Nd:YAG disk, temperature distributions are given for a 50 μm gap filled with He, for a 50 μm gap filled with air, and for the case in which the thermal conductivity of the Nd:YAG dominates the problem. Calculated results for an Nd:glass disk are compared with a temperature profile obtained from a rotating-disk laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5333, Laser Resonators and Beam Control VII, (1 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538452
Show Author Affiliations
Alan H. Paxton, Air Force Research Lab./DELO (United States)
Steven M. Massey, Air Force Research Lab./DELO (United States)
Jason B. McKay, Air Force Research Lab./DELO (United States)
Harold C. Miller, Air Force Research Lab./DELO (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5333:
Laser Resonators and Beam Control VII
Alexis V. Kudryashov, Editor(s)

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