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19 February 2018 700 W blue fiber-coupled diode-laser emitting at 450 nm
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Proceedings Volume 10514, High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI; 1051403 (2018)
Event: SPIE LASE, 2018, San Francisco, California, United States
A high-power blue laser source was long-awaited for processing materials with low absorption in the near infrared (NIR) spectral range like copper or gold. Due to the huge progress of GaN-based semiconductors, the performance of blue diode-lasers has made a major step forward recently. With the availability of unprecedented power levels at cw-operating blue diode-lasers emitting at 450 nm, it was possible to set up a high-power diode-laser in the blue spectral range to address these conventional laser applications and probably beyond that to establish completely new utilizations for lasers.

Within the scope of the research project “BlauLas”, funded within the German photonic initiative “EFFILAS” [8] by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Laserline in cooperation with OSRAM aims to realize a cw fiber-coupled diode-laser exceeding 1 kW blue laser power.

In this paper the conceptual design and experimental results of a 700 W blue fiber-coupled diode-laser are presented. Initially a close look had to be taken on the mounting techniques of the semiconductors to serve the requirements of the GaN laser diodes. Early samples were used for extensive long term tests to investigate degradation processes. With first functional laser-modules we set up fiber-coupled laser-systems for further testing. Besides adaption of well-known optical concepts a main task within the development of the laser system was the selection and examination of suitable materials and assembling in order to minimize degradation and reach adequate lifetimes. We realized R&D blue lasersystems with lifetimes above 5,000 h, which enable first application experiments on processing of various materials as well as experiments on conversion to white-light.
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A. Balck, M. Baumann, J. Malchus, R. V. Chacko, S. Marfels, U. Witte, D. Dinakaran, S. Ocylok, M. Weinbach, C. Bachert, A. Kösters, V. Krause, H. König, A. Lell, B. Stojetz, A. Löffler, and U. Strauss "700 W blue fiber-coupled diode-laser emitting at 450 nm", Proc. SPIE 10514, High-Power Diode Laser Technology XVI, 1051403 (19 February 2018);

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