Solar-pumped Cr:Nd:YAG ceramic laser with 6.7% slope efficiency

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We report here a significant progress in solar laser slope efficiency by end-side-pumping a 4.5 mm diameter, 35 mm length Cr:Nd:YAG ceramic rod with a 1.0 m2 effective collection area heliostat-parabolic mirror solar energy concentration system. A novel fused silica liquid light guide lens with unique water cooling approach was used to efficiently couple the concentrated solar radiations from the focal zone of a parabolic mirror into the laser rod within a conical pumping cavity. 32.5 W continuous-wave 1064 nm solar laser power was measured, corresponding to 6.7% slope efficiency, being 1.28 times more than the previous record. The highest solar laser collection efficiency of 32.5 W/m2 was also achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Ceramic crystal
  • Cr:Nd:YAG
  • Parabolic mirror
  • Slope efficiency
  • Solar concentrator
  • Solar-pumped laser


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