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High power disk lasers: advantages and prospects
American Journal of Modern Physics
Volume 1, Issue 1, December 2012, Pages: 1-6
Received: Dec. 25, 2012; Published: Dec. 30, 2012
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V. V. Apollonov, Prokhorov General physics Institute RAS, Vavilova 38, Moscow
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The mono-module disk laser concept is an effective design for diode-pumped solid-state lasers, which allows the realization of lasers with super-high output power, having very good efficiency and also excellent beam quality. Since the first demonstration of the principle in 1966 [1] the output power of mono-module disk has been increased to the level of few kW in continuous wave (CW) mode of operation. ”Zig-Zag” disk laser geometry does not look like as a perspective one for further output parameters growing. The scaling laws for mono-module disk laser design show that the limits for CW mode of operation is far beyond 100 kW for output power and the energy can be higher than 100 J in pulsed mode of operation. Due to the efficient porous cooling technology and possibility of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) suppression the operation of the mono-module disk laser geometry is possible in CW and pulse-periodical (P-P) modes at extremely high output power.
Disk Laser, Efficient Porous Cooling, Amplified Spontaneous Emission, “Zig-Zag” Geometry, Electrical Discharge CO2-Lasers, Ablation, Pulse-Periodical Mode Of Operation
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V. V. Apollonov, High power disk lasers: advantages and prospects, American Journal of Modern Physics. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmp.20120101.11
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