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High-Power Reliable Operation of InGaAsP/InP Laser Bars at 1.73 {micro}m

Description: InGaAsP/InP laser bars with an emission wavelength of 1.73 {micro}m have been fabricated using compressively-strained multiple-quantum-well separate-confinement heterostructures. One-cm-wide, 0.7-fill-factor, diode bars are bonded onto Si microchannel heatsinks. A maximum cw power of 16 W was produced from a one-cm bar. Derated to SW cw, the extrapolated lifetime is 10,000 hours of operation with a 20% degradation in output power. A 10-bar microlensed diode array with a one-square-cm aperture produced 200 W of peak power and was focused onto a Cr:ZnSe slab laser. Over 3 watts of pulsed power and xxmw of average power was generated at a wavelength of 2.5 {micro}m.
Date: February 16, 1999
Creator: Skidmore, J.; Page, R.H.; Freitas, B.L.; Reinhardt, C.E.; Utterback, E.J. & Emanuel, M.A.
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Short-pulse Laser Capability on the Mercury Laser System

Description: Applications using high energy ''petawatt-class'' laser drivers operating at repetition rates beyond 0.01 Hz are only now being envisioned. The Mercury laser system is designed to operate at 100 J/pulse at 10 Hz. We investigate the potential of configuring the Mercury laser to produce a rep-rated, ''petawatt-class'' source. The Mercury laser is a prototype of a high energy, high repetition rate source (100 J, 10 Hz). The design of the Mercury laser is based on the ability to scale in energy through scaling in aperture. Mercury is one of several 100 J, high repetition rate (10 Hz) lasers sources currently under development (HALNA, LUCIA, POLARIS). We examine the possibility of using Mercury as a pump source for a high irradiance ''petawatt-class'' source: either as a pump laser for an average power Ti:Sapphire laser, or as a pump laser for OPCPA based on YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB), ideally producing a source approaching 30 J /30 fs /10 Hz--a high repetition rate petawatt. A comparison of the two systems with nominal configurations and efficiencies is shown in Table 1.
Date: June 22, 2006
Creator: Ebbers, C; Armstrong, P; Bayramian, A; Barty, C J; Bibeau, C; Britten, J et al.
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The Mercury Project: A High Average Power, Gas-Cooled Laser For Inertial Fusion Energy Development

Description: Hundred-joule, kilowatt-class lasers based on diode-pumped solid-state technologies, are being developed worldwide for laser-plasma interactions and as prototypes for fusion energy drivers. The goal of the Mercury Laser Project is to develop key technologies within an architectural framework that demonstrates basic building blocks for scaling to larger multi-kilojoule systems for inertial fusion energy (IFE) applications. Mercury has requirements that include: scalability to IFE beamlines, 10 Hz repetition rate, high efficiency, and 10{sup 9} shot reliability. The Mercury laser has operated continuously for several hours at 55 J and 10 Hz with fourteen 4 x 6 cm{sup 2} ytterbium doped strontium fluoroapatite (Yb:S-FAP) amplifier slabs pumped by eight 100 kW diode arrays. The 1047 nm fundamental wavelength was converted to 523 nm at 160 W average power with 73% conversion efficiency using yttrium calcium oxy-borate (YCOB).
Date: November 3, 2006
Creator: Bayramian, A; Armstrong, P; Ault, E; Beach, R; Bibeau, C; Caird, J et al.
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The Mercury Laser System: An Average power, gas-cooled, Yb:S-FAP based system with frequency conversion and wavefront correction

Description: We report on the operation of the Mercury laser with fourteen 4 x 6 cm{sup 2} Yb:S-FAP amplifier slabs pumped by eight 100 kW peak power diode arrays. The system was continuously run at 55 J and 10 Hz for several hours, (2 x 10{sup 5} cumulative shots) with over 80% of the energy in a 6 times diffraction limited spot at 1.047 um. Improved optical quality was achieved in Yb:S-FAP amplifiers with magneto-rheological finishing, a deterministic polishing method. In addition, average power frequency conversion employing YCOB was demonstrated at 50% conversion efficiency or 22.6 J at 10 Hz.
Date: August 31, 2005
Creator: Bibeau, C; Bayramian, A; Armstrong, P; Ault, E; Beach, R; Benapfl, M et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department