An adaptive simulated annealing optimization algorithm is used to derive laser rate equation and waveguiding models with which the best design for a diode-pumped fiber-coupled, Yb:Er glass waveguide laser can be determined. Material parameters that correspond to commercially available laser-glass and diode-pump sources are used in this study. Given a continuous-wave 300-mW pump at 977 nm, approximately 48 mW of power at 1540 nm can be coupled into the LP<sub>01</sub> mode of an optical fiber. Fabrication and alignment tolerance analyses are presented.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.5680) Lasers and laser optics : Rare earth and transition metal solid-state lasers
(220.4830) Optical design and fabrication : Systems design
Wei-Chih Liu, Susan N. Houde-Walter, David L. Veasey, and Adele P. Peskin, "Design and Optimization of a Diode-Pumped Fiber-Coupled Yb:Er Glass Waveguide Laser," Appl. Opt. 39, 6165-6173 (2000)