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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Apr. 16, 2007
  • pp: 4647–4662

Four-wave mixing in nanosecond pulsed fiber amplifiers

Jean-Philippe Fève, Paul E. Schrader, Roger L. Farrow, and Dahv A.V. Kliner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 4647-4662 (2007)

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We present an experimental and theoretical analysis of four-wave mixing in nanosecond pulsed amplifiers based on double-clad ytterbium-doped fibers. This process leads to saturation of the amplified pulse energy at 1064 nm and to distortion of the spectral and temporal profiles. These behaviours are well described by a simple model considering both Raman and four-wave-mixing contributions. The role of seed laser polarization in birefringent fibers is also presented. These results point out the critical parameters and possible tradeoffs for optimization.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(140.3280) Lasers and laser optics : Laser amplifiers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2007
Published: April 3, 2007

Jean-Philippe Fève, Paul E. Schrader, Roger L. Farrow, and Dahv A. V. Kliner, "Four-wave mixing in nanosecond pulsed fiber amplifiers," Opt. Express 15, 4647-4662 (2007)

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