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Simultaneous power and beam-shape optimization of an OPSL resonator
Author(s): Sebastian Haag; Sebastian Sauer; Torsten Garlich; Wolf Seelert; Christian Brecher; Tobias Müller; Daniel Zontar
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Paper Abstract

In the assembly of optical resonators of optically pumped semiconductor lasers (OPSL), the highly reflective resonator mirror is the most crucial component. In previous cooperation, Coherent and Fraunhofer IPT have developed a robust active alignment strategy to optimize the output power of the OPSL resonator using search strategies for finding the laser threshold as well as hill-climbing algorithms for maximizing the output power. Beam-shape as well as the laser mode have major influence on the quality and the duration of subsequent beam-shaping and fiber-coupling steps. Therefore, the alignment algorithm optimizing the output power has been extended recently by simultaneous image processing for ensuring a Gaussian beam as the result of alignment. The paper describes the enhanced approach of automated alignment by additionally scanning along the optical resonator and subsequently evaluating and optimizing the roundness of the beam as well as minimizing the beam radius through twisting and tilting of the mirror. A quality metric combining these measures is defined substituting an M² measurement. The paper also describes the approach for automated assembly including the measuring setup, micromanipulation and dispensing devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 March 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9349, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) V, 93490N (4 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2078370
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Sebastian Haag, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
Sebastian Sauer, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
Torsten Garlich, Coherent LaserSystems GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Wolf Seelert, Coherent LaserSystems GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Christian Brecher, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
Tobias Müller, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)
Daniel Zontar, Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnologie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9349:
Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) V
Mircea Guina, Editor(s)

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