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Assessment of the limits to peak power of 1100nm broad area single emitter diode lasers under short pulse conditions
Author(s): X. Wang; P. Crump; A. Pietrzak; C. Schultz; A. Klehr; T. Hoffmann; A. Liero; A. Ginolas; S. Einfeldt; F. Bugge; G. Erbert; G. Tränkle
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Paper Abstract

High power diode lasers are the root source of optical energy in all high performance laser systems. As their performance advances, diode lasers are increasingly taking the place of other sources. Short pulse, sub-microsecond-class, high power lasers are important for many applications but historically, diode lasers have not been able to reach high enough peak pulse powers with adequate reliability, limited by physical effects such as facet failure. By combining robust facet passivation with thick super large optical cavity waveguides, greatly increased optical output power can be achieved. We present here the results of a study using commercial high current short pulse sources (>200A, <500ns) to assess the performance and endurance limits of high power broad area devices. We find that our lasers can be driven with a peak power density of over 110MWcm-2 without failure for more than 3×107 pulses. For example, on testing to 240A, single emitter 200μm stripe 1100nm broad area devices reach 124W (46μJ) without failure, and 60μm stripes reach 88W. In practice, high injection effects such as carrier accumulation in waveguide typically limit peak power. We review these remaining limitations, and discuss how they can be overcome.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7198, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications VII, 71981G (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808411
Show Author Affiliations
X. Wang, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
P. Crump, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
A. Pietrzak, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
C. Schultz, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
A. Klehr, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
T. Hoffmann, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
A. Liero, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
A. Ginolas, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
S. Einfeldt, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
F. Bugge, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
G. Erbert, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)
G. Tränkle, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7198:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications VII
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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