Scalable pumping approach for extracting the maximum TEM00 solar laser power

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Abstract

A scalable TEM00 solar laser pumping approach is composed of four pairs of first-stage Fresnel lens-folding mirror collectors, four fused-silica secondary concentrators with light guides of rectangular cross-section for radiation homogenization, four hollow two-dimensional compound parabolic concentrators for further concentration of uniform radiations from the light guides to a 3 mm diameter, 76 mm length Nd:YAG rod within four V-shaped pumping cavities. An asymmetric resonator ensures an efficient large-mode matching between pump light and oscillating laser light. Laser power of 59.1 W TEM00 is calculated by ZEMAX and LASCAD numerical analysis, revealing 20 times improvement in brightness figure of merit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7129-7137
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Optics
Volume53
Issue number30
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2014

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