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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 15 — Jul. 21, 2008
  • pp: 11021–11026

Broadband Tm-doped superfluorescent fiber source with 11 W single-ended output power

D. Y. Shen, L. Pearson, P. Wang, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 15, pp. 11021-11026 (2008)

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High-power operation of a cladding-pumped Tm-doped broadband superfluorescent fiber source in the two-micron wavelength regime is described. Predominately single-ended operation was achieved using a simple all-fiber geometry without the use of a high reflectivity mirror or fiber Bragg gratings. The source produced >11 W of single-ended amplified spontaneous emission output spanning the wavelength range from ~ 1930 nm to 1988 nm for a launched diode pump power of ~ 40 W at ~790 nm, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 38% with respect to launched pump power. The wavelength spectrum of the superfluorescent source spanned the range from ~ 1650 to 2100 nm with a bandwidth (FWHM) of > 100 nm for output power levels of < 20 mW.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.6630) Lasers and laser optics : Superradiance, superfluorescence

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2008
Published: July 9, 2008

D. Y. Shen, L. Pearson, P. Wang, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson, "Broadband Tm-doped superfluorescent fiber source with 11 W single-ended output power," Opt. Express 16, 11021-11026 (2008)

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