Efficient concept generating 3.9 W of diffraction-limited green light with spectrally combined tapered diode lasers

André Müller, Ole Bjarlin Jensen, Karl-Heinz Hasler, Bernd Sumpf, Götz Erbert, Peter E. Andersen, Paul Michael Petersen

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Abstract

We propose an efficient concept increasing the power of diode laser systems in the visible spectral range. In comparison with second harmonic generation of single emitters, we show that spectral beam combining with subsequent sumfrequency generation enhances the available power significantly. Combining two 1060 nm distributed Bragg reflector tapered diode lasers (M 24σ ≤ 5.2), we achieve a 2.5-3.2 fold increase of green light with a maximum power of 3.9 Watts in a diffraction-limited beam (M 24σ ≤ 1.3). Without any further stabilization the obtained power stability is within ± 2.6 %. The electro-optical and nonlinear conversion efficiencies at maximum performance are 5.7 % and 2.6 %/W, respectively. Due to the intrinsic wavelength stabilization of the diodes we achieve single-mode emission with a sidemode suppression <15 dB and a spectral width as narrow as 5 pm. These results increase the application potential of green diode laser systems, for example, within the biomedical field. In order to enhance the power even further, our proposed concept can be expanded combining multiple diode lasers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number860404
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8604
Number of pages9
ISSN0277-786X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSPIE Photonics West : Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XII - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

Conference

ConferenceSPIE Photonics West : Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period02/02/201307/02/2013

Keywords

  • Diffraction
  • Harmonic generation
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Stabilization
  • Semiconductor lasers

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