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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: 23523–23528

Saturable absorber Q- and gain-switched all-Yb3+ all-fiber laser at 976 and 1064 nm

Tzong-Yow Tsai, Yen-Cheng Fang, Huai-Min Huang, Hong-Xi Tsao, and Shih-Ting Lin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 23523-23528 (2010)

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We demonstrate a novel passively pulsed all-Yb3+ all-fiber laser pumped by a continuous-wave 915-nm pump laser diode. The laser was saturable absorber Q-switched at 976 nm and gain-switched at 1064 nm, using the method of mode-field-area mismatch. With a pump power of 105 mW, the laser iteratively produced a 976-nm pulse with an energy of 2.8 μJ and a duration of 280 ns, followed by a 1064-nm pulse with 1.1 μJ and a 430-ns duration at a repetition rate of 9 kHz. A set of rate equations was established to simulate the self-balancing mechanism and the correlation between the Q- and gain-switched photon numbers and the populations of the gain and absorber fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: September 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 21, 2010
Published: October 25, 2010

Tzong-Yow Tsai, Yen-Cheng Fang, Huai-Min Huang, Hong-Xi Tsao, and Shih-Ting Lin, "Saturable absorber Q- and gain-switched all-Yb3+ all-fiber laser at 976 and 1064 nm," Opt. Express 18, 23523-23528 (2010)

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