26 February 2013 Reliable QCW diode laser arrays for operation with high duty cycles
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We present performance and reliability data of high-brightness QCW arrays with a custom, compact and robust design for an operation with high duty cycles. The presented designs are based on single diodes consisting of a 1cm laser bar that is AuSn soldered between two CuW submounts. Arrays of up to 15 diodes as well as one single diode are connected to ceramic base plates on different heat sinks. The available optical output power is shown to be strongly depending on the wavelength and fill factor of the laser bars as well as on the duty cycle, the base plate temperature and the thermal conductivity of the applied ceramic materials. Operation at increased heat sink temperatures up to 45°C is possible without active water cooling or conduction cooling with the help of Peltier elements. Using an array of 15 bars at 980 nm with 20% fill factor and 2 mm cavity on standard ceramics, we can reach an optical output power of 1150 W at 45°C base plate temperature operating the array with 15 Hz and 15% duty cycle. Novel materials allow for more efficient operation and higher optical output powers.
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Heiko Kissel, Heiko Kissel, Wilhelm Faßbender, Wilhelm Faßbender, Jens Lotz, Jens Lotz, Kim Alegria, Kim Alegria, Tobias Koenning, Tobias Koenning, Dean Stapleton, Dean Stapleton, Steve Patterson, Steve Patterson, Jens Biesenbach, Jens Biesenbach, } "Reliable QCW diode laser arrays for operation with high duty cycles", Proc. SPIE 8605, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications XI, 86050V (26 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004399; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2004399
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