High-power vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

J.M. Hopkins, S. Calvez, A. Kemp, J.E. Hastie, S.A. Smith, A.J. MacLean, D. Burns, M.D. Dawson

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Recently multiwatt power levels have been generated from Vertical External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers in high quality spatially symmetric output beams. While these results are very impressive for a high brightness semiconductor source, they have largely been achieved in a wavelength band already well served by conventional solid-state lasers. To fully realise the potential of this technology, the wavelength versatility offered by the semiconductor materials must be utilized. Significant power scaling at wavelengths away from 1µm is a key technical challenge for the VECSEL developer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-385
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica Status Solidi C
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2006


  • vertical external cavity surface emitting lasers
  • spatially symmetric output beams

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