Bivoj Laser Breaks 1kW Performance
January 26, 2017
DiPOLE 100 or Bivoj is a fully diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL)
designed and constructed at STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) at
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, was delivered under contract to the
HiLASE Centre in the Czech Republic. In mid-December 2016, it achieved
its full design performance, operating at an output energy of 100 J per
pulse at 10 Hz (1 kW) for over 1 hour without operator intervention.
DSC06140John Collier, Director of the CLF, said , "This result is a
vital milestone that moves the performance of high peak power lasers
beyond the limits of conventional flash lamp pumping, opening up
important new applications in materials processing, advanced imaging and
Mocek, Head of the HiLASE Centre, said, "This is the first time that a
high energy DPSSL system has broken the 1kW barrier. This performance is
truly world leading and fully justifies our confidence in choosing DPSSL
technology as the driver for applications-oriented RTD. My HiLASE and
CLF colleagues and I are looking forward to further successes as the
system moves into the operational phase."
Team3Optimisation of laser
parameters will continue in January 2017 to build up operational
experience and to fully characterise the system after which it will be
brought on line for user experiments. Further details of the laser
system performance will be announced at the joint Press Conference
planned for January 2017 at the HiLASE Centre.
The 1 kW achievement follows the announcement last month of a 45 MEuro
strategic collaboration between the Czech Institute of Physics, who
operate HiLASE, and STFC, to create a new Centre of Excellence for the
application and development of DPSSL systems.