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Novel circular-beam equalizing techniques using graded-index (GI) fiber optics for high-power laser diode
Author(s): Yushi Takenaka; Lalit B. Sharma; Keisuke Furuta; Tetsuo Kojima; Koji Yasui
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a novel method of equalizing laser diode beam into circular beam. The method uses the twist effect of graded index(GI) fiber optics. An asymmetric laser diode beam with the beam qualities of M2=500 in the slow axis and M2=4 in the fist axis is successfully converted into a symmetric circular beam with the beam quality of M2=175. The circular output beam with 92% coupling efficiency is obtained by using a 5m long GI1200 fiber for 2W laser diode array. We have Ibund that the required minimum length of G11200 fiber is 550mm for circular beam equalizing. We extend the experiments to higher power source with higher asymmetric beam qualities of M2=3000/M2=4. By using a large core diameter ofGI10000 fiber, the higher asymmetric beam is not converted into a perct symmetric beam. We consider that the length is too short Ibr this large core fiber. Since the GI1200 fiber required 550mm, the GI10000 fiber should require at least 4583mm, however, the fiber length is limited to 500mm because ofthe production matter. By slightly bending the fiber, however, we have succeeded in generating symmetric beam with improved beam quality of M2=2000. The average beam quality is preserved when the asymmetric ratio is not high and the beam quality degradation ratio is investigated up to asymmetric ratios of 750.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4270, Laser Resonators IV, (24 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424661
Show Author Affiliations
Yushi Takenaka, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Lalit B. Sharma, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Keisuke Furuta, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Tetsuo Kojima, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)
Koji Yasui, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4270:
Laser Resonators IV
Alexis V. Kudryashov; Alan H. Paxton, Editor(s)

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