Encapsulated rod for efficient thermal management in diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG lasers

Stuart D. Jackson, James A. Piper

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Theoretical calculations of energy deposition, temperature, and thermally induced birefringence are presented for a diode-side-pumped Nd:YAG laser that has the laser rod optically fixed into a right-rectangular prism with a square cross section. The design provides uniform cooling of the rod and allows for a number of conduction-cooling techniques to be used. Average output powers >5 Ware feasible at optical-to-optical efficiencies of -20% for long-pulse operation and -10% for Q-switched operation for quite simple and convenient cooling arrangements (e.g., Peltier cooling).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2562-2565
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 1996


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