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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 12334–12341

Single-mode and high power waveguide lasers fabricated by ion-exchange

G. Della Valle, A. Festa, G. Sorbello, K. Ennser, C. Cassagnetes, D. Barbier, and S. Taccheo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 12334-12341 (2008)

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We report on a single-end diode-pumped waveguide laser providing output power in excess of 20 mW with 17% slope efficiency in robust single longitudinal and transverse mode operation at 1533.5 nm. The active medium was an Er:Yb-doped waveguide only 9-mm long fabricated by Ag-Na ion-exchange in a phosphate glass. The overall cavity length including butt-coupled fiber-Bragg-grating mirrors was <60 mm. We also report on high power waveguide lasers providing more than 160 mW output power and 46% slope efficiency in multimode operation. Feasibility of high power single mode waveguide lasers based on ion-exchange technology in phosphate glasses is also experimentally investigated by using a 50-mm long active waveguide specially designed for efficient single-end pumping.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3500) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, erbium
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 2008
Published: August 1, 2008

G. Della Valle, A. Festa, G. Sorbello, K. Ennser, C. Cassagnetes, D. Barbier, and S. Taccheo, "Single-mode and high power waveguide lasers fabricated by ion-exchange," Opt. Express 16, 12334-12341 (2008)

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