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  • 1 Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie Rudower Chaussee 6 D-12489 Berlin Germany
  • 2 Gesellschaft für Förderung angewandter Optik, Optoelektronik, Quantenelektronik und Spektroskopie e. V. Rudower Chaussee 5 D-12489 Berlin Germany
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New results of steady-state two-dimensional finite-element computations of temperature distributions of high power semiconductor laser arrays are presented. The influence of different thermal loads on the 2D temperature distribution in AlGaAs/GaAs gain-guided laser arrays is investigated. TheFEM model is tested by comparing it with analytical solutions. For numerical convenience, the latter is rewritten in a novel form, which is free of overflow problems. The maximum temperatures calculated by both methods agree within 1%. Several factors determining the thermal resistance of the device are quantitatively examined: the ratio of light emitting to non-emitting areas along the active zone, the amount of Joule losses, the current spreading, the solder thickness, and voids in the solder. This yields design rules for optimum thermal performance.