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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3066–3072

Gain-switched Yb-doped fiber laser for microprocessing

Vid Agrež and Rok Petkovšek  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 13, pp. 3066-3072 (2013)

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The gain-switched fiber laser presents the simplest construction among pulsed lasers in the nanosecond region and consequently is also very robust. These properties make it potentially appropriate for industrial applications, especially in some types of microprocessing. However, careful design of such lasers is important in order to reach the required pulse parameters (peak power and pulse duration). To design and optimize a gain-switched fiber laser for microprocessing, a numerical model using time and spatial dependencies was developed and reported in this paper. The effects of pump power and laser length on the pulse duration and peak power were investigated by modeling gain-switched operation. Further, the results of modeling were compared to data from an experimental setup based on a Yb3+-doped gain-switched fiber laser, revealing good agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4430) General : Numerical approximation and analysis
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 29, 2013
Published: April 26, 2013

Vid Agrež and Rok Petkovšek, "Gain-switched Yb-doped fiber laser for microprocessing," Appl. Opt. 52, 3066-3072 (2013)

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