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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: F71–F78

Fiber lasers and amplifiers: an ultrafast performance evolution

Andreas Tünnermann, Thomas Schreiber, and Jens Limpert  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 25, pp. F71-F78 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.000F71


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Abstract

The first rare-earth-doped fiber lasers were operated in the early sixties and produced a few milliwatts at a wavelength around 1 μm. For the next several decades, fiber lasers were little more than a low-power laboratory curiosity. Recently, however, fiber lasers are entering the realm of kilowatt powers in continuous as well as in pulse operation with diffraction-limited beam quality. In this article we review this power evolution.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
LASERS: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS (INVITED ONLY)

History
Original Manuscript: January 15, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 30, 2010
Published: July 15, 2010

Virtual Issues
(2010) Advances in Optics and Photonics

Citation
Andreas Tünnermann, Thomas Schreiber, and Jens Limpert, "Fiber lasers and amplifiers: an ultrafast performance evolution," Appl. Opt. 49, F71-F78 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-25-F71

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