Effects of Forced Airflow Cooling on Laser Beam Heating of Volume Bragg GratingsS. Kaim, B. Anderson, G. Venus, J. Lumeau, V. Smirnov, B. Zeldovich, L. Glebov
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
OptiGrate Corp, Oviedo, FL, USA
Forced airflow cooling of a Volume Bragg Grating heated by a laser beam was investigated by means of simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. In addition to air cooling of unrestricted airflow, a case of airflow directed by limiting glass plates was investigated. A number of temperature distributions and thermal deformations were obtained in simulations for different rates of airflows. Simulations proved to agree with experimental findings rather satisfactory, which makes them a good prediction tool for such type of research.