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Simple design for fiber coupled 9xx nm kW-QCW pump module with high duty cycle based on customized chips and lateral heat removal
Author(s): Wolfgang Pittroff; Bernd Eppich; Götz Erbert; René Platz; Dieter Tyralla; Günther Traenkle
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Paper Abstract

High power 9xxnm QCW- pump modules are very interesting for high- and ultra-high-energy laser systems. Main relevant issues beside price and power conversion efficiency are long term stability of the mounting scheme and stable fiber coupling. We present a design based on diode laser stacks with lateral heat removal. A single stack element consists of a diode laser, which is soldered on both sides to CuW carriers using AuSn. Life test over 1000 h showed no degradation. DCB coolers are subsequently soldered onto both outer sides of the stack. The thermal resistance of a single stack element is about 1.7 K/W. For >3 J pulse energy the stack contains 28 elements. ≥60% power conversion efficiency of the used 940 nm diode laser chips at 120 W output power allows ≥20% duty cycle without substantial heating (maximum measured output power >200 W). The light is collimated in vertical direction for each stack element. We choose a size for the FAC which allows staggering the beams of two stacks. The diode laser chips have an aperture width of 1.2 mm and a lateral divergence <14° (95 % power) at 120 W. Fiber coupling is performed by cylindrical lenses in both directions. For 6 J pump energy two stacks are used, coupled into 1.9 mm diameter fiber with a high optical coupling efficiency of >90 %. The principle design is very flexible to match other demands in fiber size and output power.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8965, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XII, 896515 (7 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2036949
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Wolfgang Pittroff, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
Bernd Eppich, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
Götz Erbert, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
René Platz, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)
Dieter Tyralla, Technische Hochschule Wildau (Germany)
Günther Traenkle, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8965:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XII
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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