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Power Scaling of High Power Solid State Lasers.

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Date Issued:
2018
Abstract/Description:
The solid-state laser is one of the most widely used lasers in scientific research and industrial applications. This thesis describes detailed investigations of two modern architectures of high power cw solid-state lasers, a 20 W diode-pumped Yb:YAG thin disc laser and 300 W diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser. With the thin disc laser architecture, the signal beam must fit to the pump area on the disc defined by the multi-pass diode pump configuration. The beam propagation, beam diameter, phase and thermal effects for various cavity configurations are investigated theoretically and experimentally. In addition, the internal loss, small signal gain, and thermal lensing effect are essential properties to construct the laser system but usually unknown. The theories and methodologies to obtain these properties are presented and the experimental results are compared. In a second phase of the project, the multi-mode and single-mode operation of a high power diode-pumped rod laser system are examined and compared to the thin disc system. Thermal effects on the phase, beam quality and brightness are examined and future applications and improvements considered.
Title: Power Scaling of High Power Solid State Lasers.
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Name(s): Oh, Bumjin, Author
Richardson, Martin, Committee Chair
Soileau, MJ, Committee Member
Chini, Michael, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The solid-state laser is one of the most widely used lasers in scientific research and industrial applications. This thesis describes detailed investigations of two modern architectures of high power cw solid-state lasers, a 20 W diode-pumped Yb:YAG thin disc laser and 300 W diode-pumped Nd:YAG rod laser. With the thin disc laser architecture, the signal beam must fit to the pump area on the disc defined by the multi-pass diode pump configuration. The beam propagation, beam diameter, phase and thermal effects for various cavity configurations are investigated theoretically and experimentally. In addition, the internal loss, small signal gain, and thermal lensing effect are essential properties to construct the laser system but usually unknown. The theories and methodologies to obtain these properties are presented and the experimental results are compared. In a second phase of the project, the multi-mode and single-mode operation of a high power diode-pumped rod laser system are examined and compared to the thin disc system. Thermal effects on the phase, beam quality and brightness are examined and future applications and improvements considered.
Identifier: CFE0007232 (IID), ucf:52221 (fedora)
Note(s): 2018-08-01
M.S.
Optics and Photonics, Optics and Photonics
Masters
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Subject(s): High Power Laser -- Thin disk Laser -- Rod Laser -- DPSSL
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0007232
Restrictions on Access: campus 2023-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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