Stable solar-pumped TEM00-mode 1064 nm laser emission by a monolithic fused silica twisted light guide

Said Mehellou, Dawei Liang, Joana Almeida, Rochdi Bouadjemine, Cláudia R. Vistas, Emmanuel Guillot, Ferhat Rehouma

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Abstract

To improve TEM00-mode solar-pumped laser output power stability, a monolithic fused silica twisted light guide was firstly produced and then combined with both a 2D-CPC (Compound Parabolic Concentrator) and a 2 V-shaped cavity to achieve uniform pumping along a 3 mm diameter, 50 mm length, 1.0 at.% Nd3+:YAG rod through an heliostat-parabolic mirror system. Based on both refractive and total internal reflection principles, the light guide provided an effective solution to both guiding and redistributing highly concentrated solar radiations. A near-Gaussian profile focal spot was transformed into a uniform rectangular-shaped light column, facilitating further pump light coupling into the long and thin laser rod within the 2 V-shaped pump cavity. Optimum pumping parameters and solar laser output powers were found through both ZEMAX

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1071
Number of pages13
JournalSolar Energy
Volume155
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Fused silica
  • Light guide
  • Solar-pumped laser
  • TEM-mode

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