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Prospects For High Average Power Slab Geometry Solid State Lasers
Author(s): J M Eggleston; G F Albrecht
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Paper Abstract

The scaling of solid state lasers, in size and average power, is limited by the thermal dissipation of the unused input pump power. In order to remove the waste heat, the host material must be cooled, which induces thermal gradients and stress in the active medium. If the rod geometry is used, the thermal gradients quickly gives rise to deleterious optical effects. In the slab geometry,1 however, the thermal gradients only affect the optical beam in second order. Therefore, substantially higher average powers, with good beam quality, are possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 1984
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0461, New Lasers for Analytical & Industrial Chemistry, (23 May 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.941076
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J M Eggleston, Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. (United States)
G F Albrecht, Mathematical Sciences Northwest, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0461:
New Lasers for Analytical & Industrial Chemistry
Anthony F. Bernhardt, Editor(s)

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