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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 23 — Nov. 9, 2009
  • pp: 20927–20937

High power pulsed fiber MOPA system incorporating electro-optic modulator based adaptive pulse shaping

Andrew Malinowski, Khu Tri Vu, Kang Kang Chen, Johan Nilsson, Yoonchan Jeong, Shaiful Alam, Dejiao Lin, and David J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 23, pp. 20927-20937 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.020927


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Abstract

We demonstrate active pulse shaping using an Electro-Optic Modulator in order to compensate the pulse shaping effects caused by Gain Saturation in a high power Yb doped fiber amplifier chain and to generate various custom-defined output pulse shapes. Square, step and smooth pulse shapes are achieved, with mJ pulse energies. Use of a modulator to shape pulses rather than direct modulation of the diode drive current allows us to eliminate undesired transients due to laser start up dynamics. The required shaping is calculated based on a simple measurement of amplifier performance, and does not require detailed modeling of the amplifier dynamics.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2009
Published: November 2, 2009

Citation
Andrew Malinowski, Khu Tri Vu, Kang Kang Chen, Johan Nilsson, Yoonchan Jeong, Shaiful Alam, Dejiao Lin, and David J. Richardson, "High power pulsed fiber MOPA system incorporating electro-optic modulator based adaptive pulse shaping," Opt. Express 17, 20927-20937 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-23-20927


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