14 April 2008 2.3-kW continuous operation cryogenic Yb:YAG laser
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We present our recent developments in high-power, high-efficiency cryogenic Yb:YAG laser systems. Specifically, we will discuss our 2.3-kW master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) which has shown optical wall-plug efficiencies above 30-% (diode-driver input to optical output). This laser system has been operated for long run times with continuous wave and pulsed output formats. The beam quality factor, M2, of the MOPA has been measured to be less than 2 and it is currently limited by the master oscillator. We are working to improve the device's beam quality and output power. In addition, we have demonstrated an all-cryogenic Yb:YAG laser that produced 29 W of optical power. Use of cryogenic diode laser pumps represents our next step towards achieving greater than 50% efficient high-power laser systems.
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Jason K. Brasseur, Jason K. Brasseur, Akheelesh K. Abeeluck, Akheelesh K. Abeeluck, Andrew R. Awtry, Andrew R. Awtry, Lei S. Meng, Lei S. Meng, Kevin E. Shortoff, Kevin E. Shortoff, Nicholas J. Miller, Nicholas J. Miller, Richard K. Hampton, Richard K. Hampton, Michael H. Cuchiara, Michael H. Cuchiara, David K. Neumann, David K. Neumann, } "2.3-kW continuous operation cryogenic Yb:YAG laser", Proc. SPIE 6952, Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security IV, 69520L (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795269; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.795269
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