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22 March 2017 Cost-effective optoacoustic system based on the combination of high-power diode lasers
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One of the main issues of the advances in optoacoustic (OA) applications is to reduce the high costs and the big sizes of solid state lasers. High-power diode lasers (HPDLs) have been demonstrated to be a valid alternative reducing enormously the expenses, besides other advantages such as smaller sizes and higher modulation frequencies. However, in some cases it is possible to furtherly reduce their costs. We present a cost-effective OA system based on the combination of several 905-nm HPDLs with direct coupling into a fiber bundle. These HPDLs have an internal pulse driver, based on an n-channel Mosfet and two charging capacitors, which needs an external Mosfet driver circuit and a voltage supply in order to improve the optical pulse shape and energy. We compare the performances and the prices of this OA system with another similar HPDL-based OA system built with commercial elements. Results indicate good OA signal generation (~15.6 mVpp) with pulse energy of 12.3 μJ and, especially, a cost reduction by a factor of ~15 if compared to the other HPDL-based system.
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Miguel Sánchez, Sergio Rodríguez, Sandeep B. Gawali, Luca Leggio, Daniel C. Gallego, and Horacio Lamela "Cost-effective optoacoustic system based on the combination of high-power diode lasers", Proc. SPIE 10064, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2017, 100644F (22 March 2017);

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