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High-efficiency kW-class QCW 88x-nm diode semiconductor laser bars with passive cooling
Author(s): John G. Bai; Zhigang Chen; Paul Leisher; Ling Bao; Mark DeFranza; Mike Grimshaw; Mark DeVito; Rob Martinsen; Manoj Kanskar; Jim Haden
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Paper Abstract

We present our recent efforts to improve power rating, efficiency, reliability, and cost of diode laser bars in the 88x nm wavelength band. QCW kW-class diode laser bars are grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), and are cleaved, passivated, coated, and die bonded onto either standard copper CS-style heat sinks using indium solder, or onto expansion matched CuW CS heat sinks using AuSn solder. In an effort to realize high power operation, the high efficiency 880-nm epitaxial design has been optimized. Bars of varying fill factors, cavity lengths, and facet coating reflectivities are explored to improve the rated electrical to optical (E-O) efficiency up to approximately 70% under low duty cycle QCW operations. The enhanced E-O efficiency makes possible not only the passive cooling of the devices, but also reliable operation in the kW power range. We demonstrate that the semiconductor laser bars can survive over 100 million laser shots working in QCW mode. It is expected that the development of these passively cooled, highly efficient and highly reliable QCW kW-class diode laser bars will enable commercial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8241, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications X, 82410W (9 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910244
Show Author Affiliations
John G. Bai, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Zhigang Chen, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Paul Leisher, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Ling Bao, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Mark DeFranza, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Mike Grimshaw, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Mark DeVito, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Rob Martinsen, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Manoj Kanskar, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)
Jim Haden, nLIGHT Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8241:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications X
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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