16 June 1993 High-average-power diode-pumped lasers near 2 μm
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Proceedings Volume 1865, Diode Pumping of Average-Power Solid State Lasers; (1993) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.146946
Event: OE/LASE'93: Optics, Electro-Optics, and Laser Applications in Scienceand Engineering, 1993, Los Angeles, CA, United States
The development of a high brightness diode laser pump source and a scalable end-pumped resonator design are key issues in achieving high average power diode-pumped solid-state lasers without sacrificing efficiency and beam quality. The above is particularly true for the low gain, quasi-three level 2 micrometers solid-state laser systems. Spatial multiplexing of multiple diode lasers into a single optical fiber creates a high power, versatile pump source which is compatible with end-pumping. A diode laser pump module was built that produced 15 W of 785 nm light out of a 400 micrometers core diameter multimode fiber within numerical aperture of 0.25. A periodically imaged resonator (PIR) incorporates multiple end-pumping ports for high efficiency average power scaling, yet can be made very resistant to the adverse thermal effects of end-pumping. Fifteen watts of continuous wave, fundamental mode, 2 micrometers radiation were obtained from a 4% Tm:YAG PIR end-pumped with 46.5 W of fiber- coupled 785 nm diode laser emission.
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David C. Shannon, David L. Vecht, Sean A. Re, Joseph J. Alonis, Richard W. Wallace, "High-average-power diode-pumped lasers near 2 μm", Proc. SPIE 1865, Diode Pumping of Average-Power Solid State Lasers, (16 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146946; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.146946


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