Seven-Rod Pumping Concept for Highly Stable Solar Laser Emission

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Abstract

A seven-rod solar laser head was conceptualized and numerically studied to improve the tracking error compensation capacity and power stability in end-side-pumping schemes. It was composed of a first-stage heliostat–parabolic mirror system, a second-stage fused silica aspheric lens and a third-stage conical pumping cavity, within which seven Nd:YAG rods were mounted. Highly stable solar laser emission, with a power loss inferior to 5% for tracking errors up to ±0.4°, could potentially be enabled with seven 4 mm diameter, 13 mm length rods. The tracking error width at 10% laser power loss was about 1.0°, which is 1.65 times higher than the experimental record, attained by a dual-rod side-pumping prototype. Furthermore, a total multimode laser power of about 41.2 W could also be achieved, corresponding to 23.3 W/m2 collection and 2.5% solar-to-laser power conversion efficiencies, which are 1.65 and 1.36 times higher than those obtained with the dual-rod side-pumping prototype. They are also 1.27 and 1.12 times higher than the multirod experimental records in multimode regime for the same rod material.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9140
Number of pages16
JournalEnergies
Volume15
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • multirod
  • Nd:YAG
  • solar concentration
  • solar laser
  • tracking error compensation capacity

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