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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.003311


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Abstract

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

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

Citation
Stuart D. Jackson, "Passively Q-switched Tm3+-doped silica fiber lasers," Appl. Opt. 46, 3311-3317 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-16-3311

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