The disk laser with multi-kW output power in infrared cw operation is widely used in today's manufacturing,
primarily in the automotive industry. The disk technology combines high power (average and/or peak power),
excellent beam quality, high efficiency and high reliability with low investment and operating costs.
Additionally, the disk laser is ideally suited for frequency conversion due to its polarized output with negligible
depolarization losses. Laser light in the green spectral range (~515 nm) can be created with a nonlinear crystal.
Pulsed disk lasers with green output of well above 50 W (extracavity doubling) in the ps regime and several
hundreds of Watts in the ns regime with intracavity doubling are already commercially available whereas intracavity
doubled disk lasers in continuous wave operation with greater than 250 W output are in test phase.
In both operating modes (pulsed and cw) the frequency doubled disk laser offers advantages in existing and new
applications. Copper welding for example is said to show much higher process reliability with green laser light due
to its higher absorption in comparison to the infrared. This improvement has the potential to be very beneficial for
the automotive industry's move to electrical vehicles which requires reliable high-volume welding of copper as a
major task for electro motors, batteries, etc.