OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 4 — Feb. 23, 2004
  • pp: 717–723

High energy nanosecond laser pulses delivered single-mode through hollow-core PBG fibers

J. D. Shephard, J. D. C. Jones, D. P. Hand, G. Bouwmans, J.C. Knight, P. St.J. Russell, and B. J. Mangan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 4, pp. 717-723 (2004)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1473 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We report on the development of hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers for the delivery of high energy pulses for precision micro-machining applications. Short pulses of (65ns pulse width) and energies of the order of 0.37mJ have been delivered in a single spatial mode through hollow-core photonic bandgap fibers at 1064nm using a high repetition rate (15kHz) Nd:YAG laser. The ultimate laser-induced damage threshold and practical limitations of current hollow-core fibers for the delivery of short optical pulses are discussed.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2004
Published: February 23, 2004

Jonathan Shephard, J. Jones, D. Hand, G. Bouwmans, J. Knight, P. Russell, and B. Mangan, "High energy nanosecond laser pulses delivered single-mode through hollow-core PBG fibers," Opt. Express 12, 717-723 (2004)

Sort:  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. D.P. Hand and J.D.C. Jones, �??Single-mode delivery of Nd:YAG light for precision machining applications,�?? Appl. Opt. 37, 1602-1606 (1998) [CrossRef]
  2. A. Kuhn, I.J. Blewett, D.P. Hand, P. French, M. Richmond, and J.D.C. Jones, �??Optical fibre beam delivery of high-energy laser pulses: beam quality preservation and fibre end-preparation,�?? Opt. Lasers Eng. 34, 273-288 (2000) [CrossRef]
  3. Andreas Kuhn, Paul French, Duncan P. Hand, Ian J. Blewett, Mark Richmond, and Julian D. C. Jones, �??Preparation of fiber optics for the delivery of high-energy high-beam-quality Nd:YAG laser pulses,�?? Appl. Opt. 39, 6136-6143 (2000) [CrossRef]
  4. D. Su, A.A.B. Boechat and J.D.C. Jones, �??Optimum beam launching conditions for graded index optical fibres: theory and practice,�?? IEE Proceedings-J, 140, 221-226 (1993)
  5. R.F. Cregan, B.J. Mangan, J.C. Knight, T.A. Birks, P.S. Russell, P.J. Roberts, and D.C. Allan �??Single-mode photonic bandgap guidance of light in air,�?? Science 285, 1537-1539 (1999) [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann �??All fiber chirped-pulse amplification system based on compression in air-guiding photonic bandgap fiber,�?? Opt. Express 11, 3332-3337 (2003) <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-24-3332">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-24-3332</a> [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. D. G. Ouzounov, F. R. Ahmad, D. Muller, N. Venkataraman, M. T. Gallagher M. G. Thomas, J. Silcox, K. W. Koch and A. L. Gaeta1 �??Generation of Megawatt Optical Solitons in Hollow-Core Photonic Band-Gap Fibers,�?? Science 301, 1702-1704 (2003) [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. G. Bouwmans, F. Luan, Jonathan Cave Knight, P. St. J. Russell, L. Farr, B. J. Mangan, and H. Sabert �??Properties of a hollow-core photonic bandgap fiber at 850 nm wavelength,�?? Opt. Express 11, 1613-1620 (2003) <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-14-1613">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-14-1613</a> [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. F. Rainer, L. J. Atherton, J. H. Campbell, F. D. DeMarco, M. R. Kozolowski, A. J. Morgan, and M. C. Staggs, �??Four-harmonic database of laser-damage testing,�?? Proc. SPIE 1624 116 (1992) [CrossRef]
  10. T.J. Stephens, �??Fibre-optic Delivery of High Peak Power Laser Pulses for Flow Measurement,�?? PhD Thesis, Heriot-Watt University, UK (2003)
  11. J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, A. Liem, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, T. Peschel, V. Guyenot and A. Tünnermann �??Thermo-optical properties of air-clad photonic crystal fiber lasers in high power operation,�?? Opt. Express 11, 2982-2990 (2003) <a href="http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-22-2982 ">http://www.opticsexpress.org/abstract.cfm?URI=OPEX-11-22-2982</a> [CrossRef] [PubMed]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited