kW-Class Direct Diode Laser for Sheet Metal Cutting based on DWDM of Pump Modules by use of Ultra-Steep Dielectric Filters (Optics Express)
A direct diode laser was built with > 800 W output power at 940 nm to 980 nm. The radiation is coupled into a 100 μm fiber and the NA ex fiber is 0.17. The laser system is based on pump modules that are wavelength stabilized by VBGs. Dense and coarse wavelength multiplexing are realized with commercially available ultra-steep dielectric filters. The electro-optical efficiency is above 30%. Based on a detailed analysis of losses, an improved e-o-efficiency in the range of 40% to 45% is expected in the near future. System performance and reliability were demonstrated with sheet metal cutting tests on stainless steel with a thickness of 4.2 mm.