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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 12787–12792

Passively cascade-pulsed erbium ZBLAN all-fiber laser

Tzong-Yow Tsai, Yen-Cheng Fang, Hong-Xi Tsao, Shih-Ting Lin, and Chieh Hu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 12787-12792 (2012)

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We propose and numerically demonstrate a cascade pulsing mechanism in a CW-pumped Er3+:ZBLAN all-fiber laser system. In the design, the laser was pumped at 980 nm and passively Q-switched at 1.6 μm. The Q-switched resonance reduced the population on 4I13/2 of the erbium gain fiber, thereby creating a population inversion between the levels of 4I11/2 and 4I13/2, and instantly inducing an intense gain-switched pulse at 2.7 μm. Sequential 2.7-μm single-mode pulsing with a pulse energy of 170 μJ and a peak power of 6 kW was achieved with an absorbed pump power of 0.65 W.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2012
Published: May 23, 2012

Tzong-Yow Tsai, Yen-Cheng Fang, Hong-Xi Tsao, Shih-Ting Lin, and Chieh Hu, "Passively cascade-pulsed erbium ZBLAN all-fiber laser," Opt. Express 20, 12787-12792 (2012)

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