We have successfully fabricated high power (~20W) laser diode array, which are useful for pumping Nd:YAG lasers. The laser diode aray has 20 100.mu.m-wide cahnnels of which space was adjusted to 350.mu.m to improve thermal characteristics. And channel width is 100.mu.m. For an uncoated LD array, the output power of 15.66W has been obtained at 41A under quasi-CW operation, which results in about 0.42W/A slope efficiency. After aR(5%) and HR (95%) coatings on both facets, the output power was improved up to 21.18W at 40A under the same operation as above and the slope efficiency was 0.795W/A. On the other hand, by using a near field measurement system consisting of objective lens, eyepiece, CCD camera and image processing board, the typical near field patten of 1*20 LD array was observed.
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