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Microchip vertical external cavity surface-emitting lasers

Hastie, J.E. and Hopkins, J.M. and Jeon, C.W. and Calvez, S. and Burns, D. and Dawson, M.D. and Abram, R.H. and Riis, E. (2003) Microchip vertical external cavity surface-emitting lasers. IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting, 2. pp. 507-508. ISSN 1092-8081

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Abstract

In this paper we have demonstrated monolithic "microchip" vertical external-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VECSEL), in which a cavity is formed between the VECSEL semiconductor back mirror and a dielectric mirror coating on the outer surface of the heat spreader, and where pump-induced thermal lensing may provide cavity stability. We have demonstrated stable, high power operation of composite microchip VECSELs in the 850 nm and 980 nm wavelength region. We have achieved >350 mW output power at 850 nm and >2.5 W at 980 nm. These initial results strongly indicate the promise of the microchip VECSELs as a low cost, high power, compact and versatile source of laser light.