Heat management in high-power vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Alexej Chernikov, Jens Herrmann, Martin Koch, Bernardette Kunert, Wolfgang Stolz, Sangam Chatterjee, Stephan W. Koch, Tsuei Lian Wang, Yushi Kaneda, J. Michael Yarborough, Jörg Hader, Jerome V. Moloney

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The thermal properties of a high-power vertical-external-cavity surface-emitting laser (VECSEL) are studied experimentally, focusing on the generation, distribution, and removal of excess heat under extreme pumping conditions. Different heat-spreading and heat-transfer approaches are analyzed. The performance of the device is optimized yielding a maximum emitted power beyond 70W from a single spot. Finally, the potential for power-scaling in VECSELs and its restrictions are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5756708
Pages (from-to)1772-1778
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • High-power operation
  • thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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