19 October 2016 Thermal effect of large-diameter laser rod in multi-direction side-pump high power pulsed Nd:YAG laser amplifier
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Proceedings Volume 10152, High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration; 101520H (2016) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2245526
Event: International Symposium on Optoelectronic Technology and Application 2016, 2016, Beijing, China
Abstract
In this paper, a 15-direction ring laser diode array is chosen as pumping source in order to get uniform pump in laser medium. The diameter of laser rod is 15mm for obtaining high output laser energy. A numerical model of the side-pump pulsed Nd:YAG laser amplifier is set up. The finite element method using Ansys software is adopted to analyze the time-varying thermal effect. In order to find the temperature influence of the pump light’s distribution, the temperature distributions in laser rod loaded by 15-direction Gaussian beam and simplified uniform beam are calculated and the results are comparatively analyzed. Despite the highest temperature in laser rod is different, the whole variation trend is similar which indicates time-varying characteristic. The thermal lens effect is also calculated and the results indicate that the temperature gradient in the medium plays the most important role. This study could provide a simulation tool to evaluate the thermal effect of the laser amplifier.
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Shuzhen Nie, Tianzhuo Zhao, Zhongwei Fan, Hong Xiao, "Thermal effect of large-diameter laser rod in multi-direction side-pump high power pulsed Nd:YAG laser amplifier", Proc. SPIE 10152, High Power Lasers, High Energy Lasers, and Silicon-based Photonic Integration, 101520H (19 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2245526; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2245526
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