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Compact high-power ceramic slab laser
Author(s): Antonio Lapucci; Marco Ciofini
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Paper Abstract

Preliminary tests are here reported, carried out on a compact and rugged diode pumped solid state (DPSS) laser for industrial applications. The laser design is based on a Neodimium doped slab shaped ceramic YAG medium. A maximum extraction of more than 320 W at a 44% slope efficiency level has been obtained with a simple half symmetric stable resonator scheme. Experimental data together with F.E.M. simulations indicate that power extraction can be scaled up to a multi-kilo Watt level with this extremely compact (overall dimensions: 160 x 100 x 60 mm) laser head geometry. A narrow transverse direction Beam Parameter Product (BPP) of the order of 3 mm.mrad is experimentally obtained. This enables the reasonable prediction of a good quality beam extraction adopting a stable multipass resonator or a hybrid stable-unstable resonator. Given the zig-zag resonator path, thermal lens effects appear scarcely critical.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5777, XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers, (23 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.611036
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Antonio Lapucci, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Marco Ciofini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5777:
XV International Symposium on Gas Flow, Chemical Lasers, and High-Power Lasers
Jarmila Kodymova, Editor(s)

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