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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2000
  • pp: 1168–1170

All-solid-state high-power conduction-cooled Nd:YLF rod laser

Y. Hirano, T. Yanagisawa, S. Ueno, T. Tajime, O. Uchino, T. Nagai, and C. Nagasawa  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 16, pp. 1168-1170 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.001168


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Abstract

A high-average-power conduction-cooled diode-pumped Nd:YLF rod laser has been developed. A new conduction-cooled side-pumping scheme with a solid prismatic pump-light confinement cavity was employed. A transparent, high-thermal-conductivity MgF>2 prism was used as a highly efficient pump cavity as well as a low-thermal-resistance heat spreader. The pumping efficiency and thermal resistance of the cavity were 85% and 0.20 °C°W, respectively. When this scheme was combined with heat pipes for heat removal, a maximum average output power of 72 W was demonstrated, with an optical slope efficiency as high as 49%.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state

Citation
Y. Hirano, T. Yanagisawa, S. Ueno, T. Tajime, O. Uchino, T. Nagai, and C. Nagasawa, "All-solid-state high-power conduction-cooled Nd:YLF rod laser," Opt. Lett. 25, 1168-1170 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-16-1168

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