Abstract

In this paper, we present a modular design configuration to side-pump an Nd:YAG rod of a diode-pumped high-power CW laser. Independent modules in the form of discs are loaded with three-diode linear bar arrays at 120° with respect to each other and are assembled along the length of the rod. By keeping successive discs at three different angular separations (the minimum, intermediate, and maximum), helical, 60° rotated, and linear geometries, respectively, were created. Parameters like thermal lensing, fluorescence profile, laser beam profile, and beam quality factor (M2) were studied to compare the performances of different geometries. The results indicate that the 60° rotated configuration provides the best performance when compared with rest of the schemes. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such novel modular-type pump geometries with a provision for the angular separation of pump diodes have been tried.

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