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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2218–2223

Compact architecture for power scaling bounce geometry lasers

S. P. Chard and M. J. Damzen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2218-2223 (2009)

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We demonstrate the compact high-power scaling of bounce geometry lasers with a new dual-pumped folded amplifier design. A Q-switched laser oscillator built with this amplifier is shown to produce over 30 W of average power from 80 W of pump power at up to 600 kHz repetition rate. In a master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) configuration using the dual-pumped amplifier, we demonstrate over 100 W of output power from 250 W of pump power. We also demonstrate very high repetition rate Q-switching (1.7 MHz) of the master oscillator.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3530) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, neodymium
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 2008
Published: February 3, 2009

S. P. Chard and M. J. Damzen, "Compact architecture for power scaling bounce geometry lasers," Opt. Express 17, 2218-2223 (2009)

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