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Advances in high-power semiconductor diode lasers
Author(s): Xiaoyu Ma; Li Zhong
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Paper Abstract

High power semiconductor lasers have broad applications in the fields of military and industry. Recent advances in high power semiconductor lasers are reviewed mainly in two aspects: improvements of diode lasers performance and optimization of packaging architectures of diode laser bars. Factors which determine the performance of diode lasers, such as power conversion efficiency, temperature of operation, reliability, wavelength stabilization etc., result from a combination of new semiconductor materials, new diode structures, careful material processing of bars. The latest progress of today's high-power diode lasers at home and abroad is briefly discussed and typical data are presented. The packaging process is of decisive importance for the applicability of high-power diode laser bars, not only technically but also economically. The packaging techniques include the material choosing and the structure optimizing of heat-sinks, the bonding between the array and the heat-sink, the cooling and the fiber coupling, etc. The status of packaging techniques is stressed. There are basically three different diode package architectural options according to the integration grade. Since the package design is dominated by the cooling aspect, different effective cooling techniques are promoted by different package architectures and specific demands. The benefit and utility of each package are strongly dependent upon the fundamental optoelectronic properties of the individual diode laser bars. Factors which influence these properties are outlined and comparisons of packaging approaches for these materials are made. Modularity of package for special application requirements is an important developing tendency for high power diode lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 January 2008
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 6824, Semiconductor Lasers and Applications III, 682402 (5 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.785610
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Xiaoyu Ma, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Li Zhong, Institute of Semiconductors (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6824:
Semiconductor Lasers and Applications III
Lianghui Chen; Hiroyuki Suzuki; Paul T. Rudy; Ninghua Zhu, Editor(s)

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