22 April 2016 Beam shaping concepts for kW-class CW and QCW diode lasers
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In modern diode lasers beam shaping of the highly asymmetric laser beam, which exits the front facet of the semiconductor laser material, is a crucial step towards cost efficient high brightness laser modules which in turn can be further combined towards kW-class diode lasers and can be efficiently fiber coupled. In order to scale up the power of a single laser module in an economic way, high fill factor laser bars are employed. The increased power density from such a laser bar requires improved cooling technologies. On the other hand the increased fill factor of the bar makes advanced beam shaping necessary to be able to achieve small focal spot sizes and couple the laser module efficiently into optical fibers. Finally, to be able to mass produce the laser modules, it is desirable to design the module in a way that allows automated packaging and optics alignment. In this talk, the beam shaping concepts developed at DILAS for high fill factor bars are presented. Starting from optical simulation and choice of optical elements the laser modules incorporating these bars are presented. The concepts developed enable very compact laser modules of up to 2kW of power at a single wavelength with beam qualities of less than 40mm x mrad. Optionally these modules can be wavelength stabilized via external feedback. The packaging technology developed enables the automated alignment of the optics and cooling is DI-water free. Based on the same concepts very compact free space and fiber coupled QCW packages are presented as well.
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Andreas Unger, Willhelm Fassbender, Holger Müntz, Bernd Köhler, Jens Biesenbach, "Beam shaping concepts for kW-class CW and QCW diode lasers", Proc. SPIE 9730, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems II, 97300H (22 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2212714; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2212714
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