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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Oct. 25, 2010
  • pp: 22964–22972

High-power gain-switched Tm3+-doped fiber laser

Yulong Tang, Lin Xu, Yi Yang, and Jianqiu Xu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 22964-22972 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.022964


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Abstract

Gain-switched by a 1.914-µm Tm:YLF crystal laser, a two-stage Tm3+ fiber laser has been achieved 100-W level ~2-µm pulsed laser output with a slope efficiency of ~52%. With the 6-m length of Tm fiber, the laser wavelength was centered at 2020 nm with a bandwidth of ~25 nm. Based on an acousto-optic switch, the pulse repetition rate can be modulated from 500 Hz to 50 kHz, and the laser pulse width can be tuned between 75 ns and ~1 µs. The maximum pulse energy was over 10 mJ, and the maximum pulse peak power was 138 kW. By using the fiber-coiling-induced mode-filtering effect, laser beam quality of M2 = 1.01 was obtained. Further scaling the pulse energy and average power from such kind of gain-switched fiber lasers was also discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 30, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2010
Published: October 14, 2010

Citation
Yulong Tang, Lin Xu, Yi Yang, and Jianqiu Xu, "High-power gain-switched Tm3+-doped fiber laser," Opt. Express 18, 22964-22972 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-22-22964


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