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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 17891–17902

High power ytterbium-doped rod-type three-level photonic crystal fiber laser

Johan Boullet, Yoann Zaouter, Rudy Desmarchelier, Matthieu Cazaux, François Salin, Julien Saby, Ramatou Bello-Doua, and Eric Cormier  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 17891-17902 (2008)

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In this paper, we investigate power scalability of ytterbium-doped ultra large core photonic crystal fiber laser operating on the zero-line transition. We first report on an 80 µm core diameter ytterbium-doped rod-type photonic crystal fiber laser emitting up to 94 W in continuous wave regime when operating at 977 nm, which is to our knowledge the highest output power ever achieved from a single-mode solid-state laser operating at this wavelength. Key parameters of ytterbium-doped three-level laser, such as transparency pump intensity, pump absorption saturation, and gain competition between three and four-level laser operation are then discussed in the particular context of high power fiber laser operating at 977 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 6, 2008
Published: October 20, 2008

Johan Boullet, Yoann Zaouter, Rudy Desmarchelier, Matthieu Cazaux, François Salin, Julien Saby, Ramatou Bello-Doua, and Eric Cormier, "High power ytterbium-doped rod-type three-level photonic crystal fiber laser," Opt. Express 16, 17891-17902 (2008)

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