OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3311–3317

Passively Q -switched Tm3+-doped silica fiber lasers

Stuart D. Jackson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 16, pp. 3311-3317 (2007)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1348 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



By splicing on a length of Ho 3 + -doped silica fiber onto a diode-pumped double-clad Tm 3 + -doped silica fiber, stable passive Q switching of the Tm 3 + -doped silica fiber laser is demonstrated. The formation of Q-switched pulses was found to depend on both the length and the position of the Ho 3 + -doped silica fiber that was inserted into the fiber laser cavity. For stable Q-switched pulse generation, Ho 3 + -doped silica fiber lengths shorter than twice the absorption depth must be used. For long Ho 3 + -doped silica fiber lengths, randomly generated pulses are observed at operating wavelengths longer than 2090   nm , which are attributed to intracavity pumping of the Ho 3 + -doped silica fiber.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 2007
Published: May 15, 2007

Stuart D. Jackson, "Passively Q-switched Tm3+-doped silica fiber lasers," Appl. Opt. 46, 3311-3317 (2007)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. S. D. Jackson, A. Sabella, and D. G. Lancaster, "Application and development of high power and highly efficient silica-based fibre lasers operating at 2 μm," IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (in press 2007).
  2. P. Myslinski, X. Pan, C. Barnard, J. Chrostowski, B. T. Siullivan, and J. F. Bayon, "Q-switched thulium-doped fiber laser," Opt. Eng. 32, 2025-2030 (1993). [CrossRef]
  3. A. F. El-Sherif and T. A. King, "High-peak-power operation of a Q-switched Tm3+-doped silica fiber laser operating near 2 μm," Opt. Lett. 28, 22-24 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. N. P. Barnes, W. A. Clarkson, D. C. Hanna, P. W. Turner, J. Nilsson, and B. M. Walsh, "Diode pumped, tunable Q-switched Tm-glass fiber laser," in Advanced Solid State Lasers, Vol. 50 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 2001), pp. 88-95.
  5. F. Z. Qamar and T. A. King, "Passive Q-switching of the Tm-silica fibre laser near 2 μm by a Cr2+:ZnSe saturable absorber crystal," Opt. Commun. 248, 501-508 (2005). [CrossRef]
  6. L. E. Nelson, E. Ippen, and H. A. Haus, "Broadly tunable sub-500 fs pulses from an additive pulse mode-locked thulium doped fiber ring laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 67, 19-21 (1995). [CrossRef]
  7. R. C. Sharp, D. E. Spock, N. Pan, and J. Elliot, "190-fs passively mode-locked thulium fiber laser with a low threshold," Opt. Lett. 21, 881-883 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. B. M. Walsh and N. P. Barnes, "Comparison of Tm:ZBLAN and Tm:silica fiber lasers; spectroscopy and tunable pulsed laser operation around 1.9 μm," Appl. Phys. B 78, 325-333 (2004). [CrossRef]
  9. L. G. Luo and P. L. Chu, "Passive Q-switched erbium-doped fibre laser with saturable absorber," Opt. Commun. 161, 257-263 (1999). [CrossRef]
  10. L. Tordella, H. Djellout, B. Dussardier, A. Saissy, and G. Monnom, "High repetition rate passively Q-switched Nd3+:Cr4+ all-fibre laser," Electron. Lett. 39, 1307-1308 (2003). [CrossRef]
  11. V. V. Dvoyrin, V. M. Mashinsky, and E. M. Dianov, "Yb-Bi pulsed fiber lasers," Opt. Lett. 32, 451-453 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. Y. K. Kuo, M. Birnbaum, and W. Chen, "Ho-YLiF4 saturable absorber Q-switch for the 2 μm Tm,Cr-Y3Al15O12 laser," Appl. Phys. Lett. 65, 3060-3062 (1994). [CrossRef]
  13. Y. K. Kuo and M. Birnbaum, "Ho:YVO4 solid-state saturable-absorber Q switch for a 2-μm Tm,Cr:Y3Al5O12 laser," Appl. Opt. 35, 881-884 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  14. Y. K. Kuo, M. Birnbaum, F. Unlu, and M. F. Huang, "Ho:CaF2 solid-state saturable-absorber Q switch for the 2-μm Tm,Cr:Y3Al5O12 laser," Appl. Opt. 35, 2576-2579 (1996). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. S. D. Jackson, J. D. Love, and C. Durniak, "Discrete wavelength generation from a coaxial dual-core fiber laser" (submitted to Optics Letters).
  16. S. D. Jackson, "Midinfrared holmium fiber lasers," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 42, 187-191 (2006). [CrossRef]
  17. W. A. Clarkson, N. P. Barnes, P. W. Turner, J. Nilsson, and D. C. Hanna, "High-power cladding-pumped Tm-doped silica fiber laser with wavelength tuning from 1860 to 2090 nm," Opt. Lett. 27, 1989-1991 (2002). [CrossRef]
  18. S. D. Jackson, A. Sabella, A. Hemming, S. Bennetts, and D. G. Lancaster, "High power 83 W holmium-doped silica fiber laser operating with high beam quality," Opt. Lett. 32, 241-243 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  19. R. C. Stoneman and L Esterowitz, "Intracavity-pumped 2.09 μm Ho-YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 17, 736-738 (1992). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  20. C. Bollig, R. A. Hayward, W. A. Clarkson, and D. C. Hanna, "2-W Ho:YAG laser intracavity pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:YAG laser," Opt. Lett. 23, 1757-1759 (1998). [CrossRef]
  21. M. Schellhorn, A. Hirth, and C. Kieleck, "Ho:YAG laser intracavity pumped by a diode-pumped Tm:YLF laser," Opt. Lett. 28, 1933-1935 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited