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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2004
  • pp: 1404–1411

Kinetic modeling of Q-switched high-power ytterbium-doped fiber lasers

Yanming Huo, Robert T. Brown, George G. King, and Peter K. Cheo  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 6, pp. 1404-1411 (2004)

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We present a kinetic model for Q-switched, cladding-pumped, high-power Yb-doped fiber lasers that are based on the rate equation, in a difference equation form, of ion population and propagation equations for both pumping and signal light. The effects of fiber-laser parameters, such as doping, length, pump power, and repetition rate on pulse characteristics are analyzed. This model is used to analyze the performance of Q-switched multicore fiber lasers and to show the output pulses with enhanced characteristics.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2003
Published: February 20, 2004

Yanming Huo, Robert T. Brown, George G. King, and Peter K. Cheo, "Kinetic modeling of Q-switched high-power ytterbium-doped fiber lasers," Appl. Opt. 43, 1404-1411 (2004)

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