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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 9 — May. 5, 2014
  • pp: 11331–11339

Fracture characteristics of ceramic Nd:YAG

Duck-Lae Kim and Byung-Tai Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 9, pp. 11331-11339 (2014)

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The fracture of laser material in a ceramic Nd:YAG laser pumped by a fiber-coupled laser diode was analyzed. The fracture of the laser material was found to occur when the critical temperature difference between the center of the material and the surface exceeded 355°C. To quantitatively analyze the material fracture, the heat-generation length and heat-generation radius of the laser material were calculated and the critical pump power per unit volume was examined. Under lasing and non-lasing conditions, the fracture of laser material occurred at 24.41 kW/cm3 and 19.53 kW/cm3, respectively, for 2 at.% ceramic Nd:YAG and 25.57 kW/cm3 and 20.47 kW/cm3, respectively, for 4 at.% ceramic Nd:YAG.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3380) Lasers and laser optics : Laser materials
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects

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Original Manuscript: March 10, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2014
Published: May 2, 2014

Duck-Lae Kim and Byung-Tai Kim, "Fracture characteristics of ceramic Nd:YAG," Opt. Express 22, 11331-11339 (2014)

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