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Characterization device for measuring beam parameter product and beam quality of collimated and uncollimated diode lasers
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Diode laser systems have been established for material processing and pumping solid state lasers in the recent years, due to flexibility, efficiency and lifetime. In the meantime, diode laser bars with an output power of more than 120 W and a beam parameter product less than 70 mm mrad are available (see fig. 1). Depending on the optical system an energy density in focus of more then 106 Wcm-2 can be achieved. But for several applications like hardening metal surfaces or welding thin blanks/plates the output power is insufficient. To increase optical output power several diode laser bars are arranged vertically and/or horizontally. With these so called stacks an optical output power of more than 4 kW can be achieved. Due to the incoherent beam coupling the beam parameter product is increased at the same rate. But the energy density or intensity in focus is rather less than constant. Other applications, e. g. welding or marking, require higher intensities, which can not be achieved with diode lasers. For these applications diode pumped solid state laser are mostly applied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6101, Laser Beam Control and Applications, 61011B (23 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.646828
Show Author Affiliations
M. Roehner, Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology (Germany)
K. Boucke, Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology (Germany)
R. Poprawe, Fraunhofer Institute of Laser Technology (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6101:
Laser Beam Control and Applications
Steven J. Davis; Alexis V. Kudryashov; Adolf Giesen; Detlef Nickel; Michael C. Heaven; Alan H. Paxton; Vladimir S. Ilchenko; J. Thomas Schriempf, Editor(s)

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