48 W continuous-wave output from a high- efficiency single emitter laser diode at 915 nm
Improving the power and efficiency of 9xx-nm broad-area laser diodes has a great help in reducing the cost of laser systems and expanding applications. This letter presents an optimized epitaxial structure with high power and conversion efficiency. Laser diodes with 230 μm emitter width and 5 mm cavity length deliver continuous-wave output power up to 48.5 W at 48 A, 30 °C, the highest power reported for 9xx-nm single emitter lasers so far. The slope efficiency is as high as 1.23 W/A due to a low internal optical loss of 0.31 cm−1 and a high internal efficiency of 96%. The maximum power conversion efficiency reaches 72.6% at 15.3 W and 67.3% at the operating power of 30 W under a heatsink temperature of 25 °C. Life test results show no failure in 1000 hours for 55 laser diodes.