Thermal management in disc lasers: doped-dielectric and semiconductor laser gain media in thin-disc and microchip formats

Alan Kemp, Alexander J. MacLean, John-Mark Hopkins, Jennifer Hastie, Stephane Calvez, Martin Dawson, David Burns

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Finite element and analytical modelling of thermal effects in doped-dielectric and semiconductor disc lasers is used to assess advanced approaches to thermal management. The prospective utility of high thermal conductivity materials such as diamond - particularly to improve the spectral coverage in semiconductor disc lasers and to scale the output power of quasi-monolithic microchip lasers - is illustrated. The potential of materials with strong pump absorption to improve the practicality of doped-dielectric thin-disc lasers, particularly for mobile applications, is also outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1669-1676
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2007


  • disc lasers
  • thermal management
  • doped dielectric laser
  • semiconductor laser
  • thin-disc
  • microchip

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