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High power UV generation at 355 nm by means of extracavity frequency conversion of a high repetition rate Innoslab MOPA system
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Paper Abstract

An Innoslab based Nd:YV04 MOPA system with pulse energy of 7.25 mJ at 40 kHz repetition rate and pulse duration of 11.4 ns has been used for third harmonics generation in Lithium Triborate (LBO) crystals. We report UV pulses of 8.9 ns duration at pulse energy of 1.65 mJ, which means an average power of 66 W. We have been able to show UV beam qualities (M2) of 1.7/2.4 (stable/instable direction with 90/10 knife edge method), while IR beam quality is 1.8/5.2. A sinc2-shape transversal distribution of beam intensity has been used in instable direction of the Innoslab MOPA system for conversion. Due to high average power and short pulse length at 355 nm the laser meets the demands for high-throughput micro material processing as stereolithography or edge isolation of solar cells. The thermal dependence of the conversion efficiency (due to heating power of the beam) has been investigated theoretically, using a time resolved numerical simulation model for the nonlinear process in both LBO crystals. Scaling effects of the absorption coefficients of LBO and the pulse power on the conversion efficiency are presented in this article.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7193, Solid State Lasers XVIII: Technology and Devices, 71930Y (27 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.813633
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Bastian Gronloh, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)
Marco Höfer, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)
Rolf Wester, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)
Hans-Dieter Hoffmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7193:
Solid State Lasers XVIII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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