Abstract

A solar-pumped 100W class laser that features high efficiency and low cost owing to the use of a Fresnel lens and a chromium codoped neodymium YAG ceramic laser medium was developed. A laser output of about 80W was achieved with combination of a 4m2 Fresnel lens and a pumping cavity as a secondary power concentrator. This output corresponds to 4.3% of conversion efficiency from solar power into laser, and the maximum output from a unit area of Fresnel lens was 20Wm2, which is 2.8 times larger than previous results with mirror-type concentrator.

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T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
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T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
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M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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V. Krupkin, Y. Kagan, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 2016, 50 (1993).
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Baasandash, C.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
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T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
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Bagheri, B.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
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Daito, K.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Dobrusin, V.

M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Funatsu, T.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ikesue, A.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
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Ikuta, K.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kagan, J.

M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
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Kagan, Y.

V. Krupkin, Y. Kagan, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 2016, 50 (1993).
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Krupkin, V.

V. Krupkin, Y. Kagan, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 2016, 50 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Lando, M.

M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Linyekin, B.

M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Mabuti, A.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Mohamed, M. S.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mori, Y.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Motokoshi, S.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Murahara, M.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Nakagawa, K.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nakatsuka, M.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nakayama, Y.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ogata, Y.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Ohkubo, T.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Oishi, T.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Oyama, A.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sakurai, Y.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sato, Y.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Satoh, Y.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tuji, M.

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Uchida, S.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yabe, T.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yogev, A.

V. Krupkin, Y. Kagan, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 2016, 50 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, K.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, M.

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Young, C. G.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

T. Yabe, S. Uchida, K. Ikuta, K. Yoshida, C. Baasandash, M. S. Mohamed, Y. Sakurai, Y. Ogata, M. Tuji, Y. Mori, Y. Satoh, T. Ohkubo, M. Murahara, and A. Ikesue, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 261107 (2006).
[CrossRef]

T. Yabe, T. Ohkubo, S. Uchida, K. Yoshida, M. Nakatsuka, T. Funatsu, A. Mabuti, A. Oyama, K. Nakagawa, T. Oishi, K. Daito, B. Bagheri, Y. Nakayama, M. Yoshida, S. Motokoshi, Y. Sato, and C. Baasandash, Appl. Phys. Lett. 90, 261120 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

M. Lando, J. Kagan, B. Linyekin, and V. Dobrusin, Opt. Commun. 222, 371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

V. Krupkin, Y. Kagan, and A. Yogev, Proc. SPIE 2016, 50 (1993).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Focused power distribution at the focal point of the Fresnel lens by experiment and ray-tracing calculation.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic figure of the pumping cavity. Solar power is focused onto the left side of the cavity, and the inner wall is a mirror for additional concentration of focused power by the Fresnel lens. L is the length of the tapered part of the inner mirror. The dashed line shows the geometry of the cavity of L = 90 mm , which we selected for lasing experiments. (b) Power distribution for cone-type mirror ( L ) cavities of various length along the center axis of the laser medium measured by the temperature increase of the heat absorber.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Solar-tracking system for this solar-pumped laser. The laser is mounted on a single frame with a Fresnel lens and tracks the Sun by two axes.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Laser output from solar power that is incident on the entrance of each pumping cavity. Transparency of the output coupling mirrors are (A) 95% and (B) 90%. A previous study with a Fresnel lens of 1 m × 1.4 m (C) [5] and experiments using a previous pumping cavity that is used in [5] and the new Fresnel lens are also shown (D).

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