High power disk lasers: advantages and prospects

V. V. Apollonov
2012 American Journal of Modern Physics  
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
more » ... eters 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.
doi:10.11648/j.ajmp.20120101.11 fatcat:5nzvgstbz5cfhdxghrczmaelim