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20 February 2018 High temperature semiconductor diode laser pumps for high energy laser applications
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Existing thermal management technologies for diode laser pumps place a significant load on the size, weight and power consumption of High Power Solid State and Fiber Laser systems, thus making current laser systems very large, heavy, and inefficient in many important practical applications. To mitigate this thermal management burden, it is desirable for diode pumps to operate efficiently at high heat sink temperatures. In this work, we have developed a scalable cooling architecture, based on jet-impingement technology with industrial coolant, for efficient cooling of diode laser bars. We have demonstrated 60% electrical-to-optical efficiency from a 9xx nm two-bar laser stack operating with propylene-glycolwater coolant, at 50 °C coolant temperature. To our knowledge, this is the highest efficiency achieved from a diode stack using 50 °C industrial fluid coolant. The output power is greater than 100 W per bar. Stacks with additional laser bars are currently in development, as this cooler architecture is scalable to a 1 kW system. This work will enable compact and robust fiber-coupled diode pump modules for high energy laser applications.
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Jenna Campbell, Tadej Semenic, Keith Guinn, Paul O. Leisher, Avijit Bhunia, Milan Mashanovitch, and Daniel Renner "High temperature semiconductor diode laser pumps for high energy laser applications", Proc. SPIE 10513, Components and Packaging for Laser Systems IV, 105130O (20 February 2018);

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