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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 17 — Jun. 10, 2013
  • pp: 3923–3930

Optimization of resonantly cladding-pumped erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for space-borne applications

Haomin Yao, Malcolm W. Wright, and John R. Marciante  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 17, pp. 3923-3930 (2013)

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Lasers for use in space-borne applications require ultrahigh efficiency due to limited heat dissipation and power generation capacity. In particular, interplanetary optical communication systems require high-efficiency, moderate-power (>4W) optical transmitters in the 1600 nm wavelength range. Resonantly pumped dual-clad erbium-doped fiber lasers are best suited for this purpose. Parametric numerical optimizations are performed using a two-level propagation model modified to include spatial effects specific to large-mode-area fibers. Propagation loss mechanisms are found to be limiting factors due to the relatively low cross-sections and low quenching-free doping densities of erbium. Although experimental reports have demonstrated efficiencies up to 33%, simulation results indicate that over 53% power-conversion efficiency can be achieved using commercial fibers, and over 75% can be achieved using custom fibers employing propagation-loss mitigation strategies.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(230.2285) Optical devices : Fiber devices and optical amplifiers
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2013
Published: June 4, 2013

Haomin Yao, Malcolm W. Wright, and John R. Marciante, "Optimization of resonantly cladding-pumped erbium-doped fiber amplifiers for space-borne applications," Appl. Opt. 52, 3923-3930 (2013)

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