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Kilowatt-class high power fiber-coupled diode lasers at 450nm
Author(s): Tobias Könning; Florian Harth; Philipp König; Paul Wolf; Michael Stoiber; Heiko Kissel; Bernd Köhler
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Paper Abstract

Recent product releases of high power direct diode lasers in the blue spectral range of up to 1 kW of output power have sparked the demand for even higher optical output power for industrial copper welding applications, in particular related to e-mobility demands where high throughput is required. Blue laser bars maturing into a reliable technology present the ideal laser source for the task. While previously presented results of up to 500 W of output power from a 200μm NA 0.2 fiber were based on the Coherent ‘High Brightness’ product platform, the current work uses the ‘High Power’ product line, currently available with up to 8 kW of output power in the near infrared spectral range. This platform has the potential of reaching up to 4 kW of blue laser power from fibers with core diameters between 400μm and 800μm at wavelengths near 450nm. An increased number of laser bars compared to the existing product portfolio can achieve even higher output power. While the ‘High Brightness’ platform is based on mini-bars with 5mm length and designed for coupling into 200 μm core fibers, the ‘High Power’ product line uses 10mm wide laser bars. The focus lies on 400 μm core fibers in order to achieve high intensities at the work piece while maintaining a long working distance. However, for very high output power 600 μm and 800 μm fibers will be used. Here we present first results of the smallest laser module within the high power family with a goal of coupling 1500 W of optical power into a 400 μm NA0.22 fiber at an emission wavelength of approximately 450 nm. The product architecture and optical concept are described. Latest results showing 1.5 kW from a 600 μm core fiber at 5% duty cycle are presented and the next steps to reaching the goals of CW operation and 400 μm core size are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11262, High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVIII, 112620N (2 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2545887
Show Author Affiliations
Tobias Könning, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Florian Harth, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Philipp König, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Paul Wolf, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Michael Stoiber, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Heiko Kissel, Coherent Dilas (Germany)
Bernd Köhler, Coherent Dilas (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11262:
High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVIII
Mark S. Zediker, Editor(s)

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