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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 9 — May. 2, 2005
  • pp: 3420–3428

3-Dimensional thermal analysis and active cooling of short-length high-power fiber lasers

L. Li, H. Li, T. Qiu, V. L. Temyanko, M. M. Morrell, A. Schülzgen, A. Mafi, J. V. Moloney, and N. Peyghambarian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 9, pp. 3420-3428 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.003420


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Abstract

A fully 3-dimensional finite element model has been developed that simulates the internal temperature distribution of short-length high-power fiber lasers. We have validated the numerical model by building a short, cladding-pumped, Er-Yb-codoped fiber laser and measuring the core temperature during laser operation. A dual-end-pumped, actively cooled, fiber laser has generated >11 W CW output power at 1535 nm from only 11.9 cm of active fiber. Simulations indicate power-scaling possibilities with improved fiber and cooling designs.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2410) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, erbium
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: March 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2005
Published: May 2, 2005

Citation
L. Li, H. Li, T. Qiu, V. L. Temyanko, M. M. Morrell, A. Schülzgen, A. Mafi, J. V. Moloney, and N. Peyghambarian, "3-Dimensional thermal analysis and active cooling of short-length high-power fiber lasers," Opt. Express 13, 3420-3428 (2005)
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