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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 13 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 12766–12780

Active-mirror-laser-amplifier thermal management with tunable helium pressure at cryogenic temperatures

Antonio Lucianetti, Daniel Albach, and Jean-Christophe Chanteloup  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12766-12780 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.012766


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Abstract

We illustrate the benefits of a thin, low pressure helium cell for efficient and safe heat removal in cryogenically-cooled active mirror laser amplifiers operating in the [100 J-1 kJ] / [1-10 Hz] range. A homogeneous gain medium temperature distribution averaging 160 K is obtained with a sub-mm helium-filled gap between the gain medium and a copper plate at 77 K. A significant degree of flexibility for tuning the temperature in the amplifier can be achieved by varying the pressure of the helium gas in the 102 to 105 Pa range.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 9, 2011
Published: June 16, 2011

Citation
Antonio Lucianetti, Daniel Albach, and Jean-Christophe Chanteloup, "Active-mirror-laser-amplifier thermal management with tunable helium pressure at cryogenic temperatures," Opt. Express 19, 12766-12780 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-13-12766


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