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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4560–4566

High power operation of cladding pumped holmium-doped silica fibre lasers

Alexander Hemming, Shayne Bennetts, Nikita Simakov, Alan Davidson, John Haub, and Adrian Carter  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4560-4566 (2013)

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We report the highest power operation of a resonantly cladding-pumped, holmium-doped silica fibre laser. The cladding pumped all-glass fibre utilises a fluorine doped glass layer to provide low loss cladding guidance of the 1.95 µm pump radiation. The operation of both single mode and large-mode area fibre lasers was demonstrated, with up to 140 W of output power achieved. A slope efficiency of 59% versus launched pump power was demonstrated. The free running emission was measured to be 2.12-2.15 µm demonstrating the potential of this architecture to address the long wavelength operation of silica based fibre lasers with high efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: November 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2013
Published: February 14, 2013

Alexander Hemming, Shayne Bennetts, Nikita Simakov, Alan Davidson, John Haub, and Adrian Carter, "High power operation of cladding pumped holmium-doped silica fibre lasers," Opt. Express 21, 4560-4566 (2013)

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