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21 February 2011 Reliable high-power long-pulse 8XX-nm diode laser bars and arrays operating at high temperature
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We report on the high-power high-temperature long-pulse performance of the 8XX-nm diode laser bars and arrays, which were recently developed at Lasertel Inc. for diode laser pumping within high-temperature (130 °C) environment without any cooling. Since certain energy in each pulse is required, the diode laser bars have to provide both high peak power and a nice pulse shape at 130 °C. Optimizing the epi-structure of the diode laser, the laser cavity and the distribution of waste heat, we demonstrate over 40-millisecond long-pulse operation of the 8XX-nm CS bars at 130 °C and 100 A. Pumping the bar with 5-Hz frequency 15-millisecond rectangular current pulses, we generate over 60 W peak power at 100 A and 130 °C. During the pulse duration, the pulse shape of the CS bars is well-maintained and the power almost linearly decays with a rate of 1.9% peak power per millisecond at 130 °C and 100 A. Regardless of the pulse shape, this laser bar can lase at very high temperature and output pulse can last for 8 ms/2ms at 170 °C/180 °C (both driven by 60 A current pulses with 5-Hz frequency, 10 millisecond pulse width), respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest operating temperature for a long-pulse 8XX-nm laser bar. Under the condition of 130 °C and 100 A, the laser bars do not show any degradation after 310,000 10-millisecond current pulse shots. The performance of stack arrays at 130 °C and 100 A are also presented. The development of reliable high-temperature diode laser bar paves the way for diode laser long-pulse pumping within a high-temperature environment without any cooling.
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Li Fan, Chuanshun Cao, Gerald Thaler, Dustin Nonnemacher, Feliks Lapinski, Irene Ai, Brian Caliva, Suhit Das, Robert Walker, Linfei Zeng, Mark McElhinney, and Prabhu Thiagarajan "Reliable high-power long-pulse 8XX-nm diode laser bars and arrays operating at high temperature", Proc. SPIE 7918, High-Power Diode Laser Technology and Applications IX, 791805 (21 February 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.871184
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