26 February 2013 Brightness-enhanced high-efficiency single emitters for fiber laser pumping
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Reliable single emitters delivering <10W in the 9xx nm spectral range, are common energy sources for fiber laser pumps. The brightness (radiance) of a single emitter, which connotes the angular concentration of the emitted energy, is just as important a parameter as the output power alone for fiber coupling applications. We report on the development of high-brightness single emitters that demonstrate <12W output with 60% wall-plug efficiency and a lateral emission angle that is compatible with coupling into 0.15 NA delivery fiber. Using a purpose developed active laser model, simulation of far-field patterns in the lateral (slow) axis can be performed for different epitaxial wafer structures. By optimizing both the wafer and chip designs, we have both increased the device efficiency and improved the slow-axis divergence in high-current operation. Device reliability data are presented. The next-generation emitters will be integrated in SCD's NEON fiber pump modules to upgrade the pump output towards higher ex-fiber powers with high efficiency.
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Dan Yanson, Noam Rappaport, Moshe Shamay, Shalom Cohen, Yuri Berk, Genadi Klumel, Yaroslav Don, Ophir Peleg, Moshe Levy, "Brightness-enhanced high-efficiency single emitters for fiber laser pumping ", Proc. SPIE 8605, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XI, 860505 (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003838; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2003838
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