Semiconductor disk lasers with all their advantages1 became an important stand-alone class of solid-state lasers during the last years. However, these systems suffer from heat incorporation into the active region caused by the excess energy of the pump photons. To overcome this limitation we realized the semiconductor membrane external-cavity surface-emitting laser as a diamond heat spreader sandwiched active region design. A detailed process description towards the MECSEL2 approach is given as well as fundamental performance values. Furthermore, parasitic lateral lasing effects are discovered and investigated. Nevertheless, the MECSEL approach indicates enormous potential to revolutionize the semiconductor based disk lasers regarding available output powers at room temperature and material combinations.
Hermann Kahle, Cherry May N. Mateo, Uwe Brauch, Roman Bek, Michael Jetter, Thomas Graf, and Peter Michler, "The optically pumped semiconductor membrane external-cavity surface-emitting laser (MECSEL): a concept based on a diamond-sandwiched active region," Proc. SPIE 10087, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) VII, 100870J (Presented at SPIE LASE: January 31, 2017; Published: 27 February 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2252182.
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