Share Email Print

Proceedings Paper

Solar Pumped Solid State Lasers
Author(s): Meyer Weksler; Josef Shwartz
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00
cover GOOD NEWS! Your organization subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. You may be able to download this paper for free. Check Access

Paper Abstract

Results are presented for direct solar pumping of a Nd:YAG rod laser. Stable CW output of more than 60 watts was obtained with slope efficiencies exceeding 2%. Results are consistent with predictions based on a simple solar laser model we have developed. Using this model, performance projections and design concepts for higher power and higher efficiency solar-pumped solid state lasers are presented. It is shown that existing laser materials with broadband absorption characteristics (e.g., alexandrite and Nd:Cr:GSGG) can have better than 10% overall conversion efficiencies when solar pumped. The utility of solar lasers for various laser applications in space is briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 1987
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0736, New Slab and Solid-State Laser Technologies and Applications, (6 April 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.938070
Show Author Affiliations
Meyer Weksler, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Josef Shwartz, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0736:
New Slab and Solid-State Laser Technologies and Applications
John M. Eggleston; Steven Guch, Editor(s)

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top