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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 19 — Sep. 13, 2010
  • pp: 20455–20460

How do traces of thulium explain photodarkening in Yb doped fibers?

R. Peretti, A-M. Jurdyc, B. Jacquier, Cédric Gonnet, Alain Pastouret, Ekaterina Burov, and Olivier Cavani  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 19, pp. 20455-20460 (2010)

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Ytterbium doped fiber lasers are known to be impacted by the creation of color centers during lasing so called photodarkening. This defect creation was investigated in a spectroscopic point of view, showing the presence of thulium traces (ppb) in the ytterbium doped fiber. Moreover, this contamination exhibit luminescence in the UV range under 976 nm excitation of the ytterbium-doped fiber. In adding more thulium to an ytterbium-doped fiber it was shown that thulium strongly impact the defects creation process, involved in photodarkening.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(160.2220) Materials : Defect-center materials
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(060.3510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 2, 2010
Published: September 10, 2010

R. Peretti, A-M. Jurdyc, B. Jacquier, Cédric Gonnet, Alain Pastouret, Ekaterina Burov, and Olivier Cavani, "How do traces of thulium explain photodarkening in Yb doped fibers?," Opt. Express 18, 20455-20460 (2010)

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