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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 20 — Oct. 6, 2003
  • pp: 2532–2548

Integrated diamond sapphire laser

Richard L. Fork, Wesley W. Walker, Rustin L. Laycock, Jason J.A. Green, and Spencer T. Cole  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 20, pp. 2532-2548 (2003)

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We use analytic expressions and simulations to examine a model laser gain element formed by integrating diamond and a solid state laser material, such as, Ti:sapphire. The gain element is designed to provide in a single composite structure the thermal management capabilities of diamond and the optical amplification of the laser material. The model results indicate low temperature and a specific radial dependence of the heat transfer coefficient at the material interfaces are needed to access the highest average powers and highest quality optical fields. We outline paths designed to increase average output power of a lowest order mode laser oscillator based on these gain elements to megawatt levels. The long term goal is economically viable solar power delivered safely from space. The short term goal is a design strategy that will facilitate “proof of principle” demonstrations using currently accessible optical pump and thermal management capabilities.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 4, 2003
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2003
Published: October 6, 2003

Richard Fork, Wesley Walker, Rustin Laycock, Jason Green, and Spencer Cole, "Integrated diamond sapphire laser," Opt. Express 11, 2532-2548 (2003)

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