A detailed 3-dimensional calculation of the temperature field of a laser crystal pumped with high average power is presented. The pump configuration, the anisotropy of a Brewster-angle-cut Ti:Sapphire crystal, and the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity are taken into account. The corresponding focal length of the thermal lens is calculated for pump levels up to 100 W. This refined thermal model is the basis for a
optimized resonator design of a high-average power differential absorption lidar system transmitter.
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