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Advancements in high-power diode laser stacks for defense applications
Author(s): Rajiv Pandey; David Merchen; Dean Stapleton; Steve Patterson; Heiko Kissel; Wilhlem Fassbender; Jens Biesenbach
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on the latest advancements in vertical high-power diode laser stacks using micro-channel coolers, which deliver the most compact footprint, power scalability and highest power/bar of any diode laser package. We present electro-optical (E-O) data on water-cooled stacks with wavelengths ranging from 7xx nm to 9xx nm and power levels of up to 5.8kW, delivered @ 200W/bar, CW mode, and a power-conversion efficiency of >60%, with both-axis collimation on a bar-to-bar pitch of 1.78mm. Also, presented is E-O data on a compact, conductively cooled, hardsoldered, stack package based on conventional CuW and AlN materials, with bar-to-bar pitch of 1.8mm, delivering average power/bar >15W operating up to 25% duty cycle, 10ms pulses @ 45C. The water-cooled stacks can be used as pump-sources for diode-pumped alkali lasers (DPALs) or for more traditional diode-pumped solid-state lasers (DPSSL). which are power/brightness scaled for directed energy weapons applications and the conductively-cooled stacks as illuminators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8381, Laser Technology for Defense and Security VIII, 83810G (7 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916743
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Rajiv Pandey, DILAS Diode Laser, Inc. (United States)
David Merchen, DILAS Diode Laser, Inc. (United States)
Dean Stapleton, DILAS Diode Laser, Inc. (United States)
Steve Patterson, DILAS Diode Laser, Inc. (United States)
Heiko Kissel, DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH (Germany)
Wilhlem Fassbender, DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH (Germany)
Jens Biesenbach, DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8381:
Laser Technology for Defense and Security VIII
Mark Dubinskii; Stephen G. Post, Editor(s)

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