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High-power diode laser bars as pump sources for fiber lasers and amplifiers (Invited Paper)
Author(s): G. Bonati; P. Hennig; D. Wolff; H. Voelckel; T. Gabler; U. Krause; A. Tünnermann; M. Reich; J. Limpert; E. Werner; A. Liem
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Paper Abstract

Fiber lasers are pumped by fibercoupled, multimode single chip devices at 915nm. That’s what everybody assumes when asked for the type of fiber laser pumps and it was like this for many years. Coming up as an amplifier for telecom applications, the amount of pump power needed was in the range of several watts. Highest pump powers for a limited market entered the ten watts range. This is a range of power that can be covered by highly reliable multimode chips, that have to survive up to 25 years, e.g. in submarine applications. With fiber lasers entering the power range and the application fields of rod and thin disc lasers, the amount of pump power needed raised into the area of several hundred watts. In this area of pump power, usually bar based pumps are used. This is due to the much higher cost pressure of the industrial customers compared to telecom customers. We expect more then 70% of all industrial systems to be pumped by diode laser bars. Predictions that bar based pumps survive for just a thousand hours in cw-operation and fractions of this if pulsed are wrong. Bar based pumps have to perform on full power for 10.000h on Micro channel heat sinks and 20.000h on passive heatsinks in industrial applications, and they do. We will show a variety of data, “real” long time tests and statistics from the JENOPTIK Laserdiode as well as data of thousands of bars in the field, showing that bar based pumps are not just well suitable for industrial applications on high power levels, but even showing benefits compared to chip based pumps. And it’s reasonable, that the same objectives of cost effectiveness, power and lifetime apply as well to thin disc, rod and slab lasers as to fiber lasers. Due to the pumping of fiber lasers, examples will be shown, how to utilize bars for high brightness fiber coupling. In this area, the automation is on its way to reduce the costs on the fibercoupling, similar to what had been done in the single chip business. All these efforts are part of the JENOPTIK Laserdiode’s LongLifeTechnologie.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5709, Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications, (22 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.594085
Show Author Affiliations
G. Bonati, Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH (Germany)
P. Hennig, Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH (Germany)
D. Wolff, Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH (Germany)
H. Voelckel, Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH (Germany)
T. Gabler, Jenoptik Laserdiode GmbH (Germany)
U. Krause, Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH (Germany)
A. Tünnermann, IAP, Friedrich Schiller Univ. (Germany)
M. Reich, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
J. Limpert, IAP, Friedrich Schiller Univ. (Germany)
E. Werner, IAP, Friedrich Schiller Univ. (Germany)
A. Liem, IAP, Friedrich Schiller Univ. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5709:
Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications
L. N. Durvasula; Andrew J. W. Brown; Johan Nilsson, Editor(s)

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