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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 4 — Feb. 19, 2007
  • pp: 1606–1611

Photodarkening and photobleaching of an ytterbium-doped silica double-clad LMA fiber

I. Manek-Hönninger, J. Boullet, T. Cardinal, F. Guillen, S. Ermeneux, M. Podgorski, R. Bello Doua, and F. Salin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 1606-1611 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.001606


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Abstract

We studied the temporal evolution of the photodarkening effect in an Yb-doped silica LMA fiber. The absorption spectra exhibit an increase in absorption in the visible and in the near infrared spectral range when the fiber is exposed to pump light around 980 nm. We show the influence of the photodarkening on the cw lasing properties of the fiber, and demonstrate photobleaching of the same fiber by exposure to UV light at 355 nm. The corresponding absorption spectra and lasing performances are shown and are entirely comparable to those of a new fiber.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2290) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber materials
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 22, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 29, 2007
Published: February 19, 2007

Citation
I. Manek-Hönninger, J. Boullet, T. Cardinal, F. Guillen, S. Ermeneux, M. Podgorski, R. Bello Doua, and F. Salin, "Photodarkening and photobleaching of an ytterbium-doped silica double-clad LMA fiber," Opt. Express 15, 1606-1611 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-4-1606


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