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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 26704–26719

Progress in rare-earth-doped mid-infrared fiber lasers

Angela B Seddon, Zhuoqi Tang, David Furniss, Slawomir Sujecki, and Trevor M Benson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 26704-26719 (2010)

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The progress, and current challenges, in fabricating rare-earth-doped chalcogenide-glass fibers for developing mid-infrared (IR) fiber lasers are reviewed. For the first time a coherent explanation is forwarded for the failure to date to develop a gallium-lanthanum-sulfide glass mid-IR fiber laser. For the more covalent chalcogenide glasses, the importance of optimizing the glass host and glass processing routes in order to minimize non-radiative decay and to avoid rare earth ion clustering and glass devitrification is discussed. For the first time a new idea is explored to explain an additional method of non-radiative depopulation of the excited state in the mid-IR that has not been properly recognized before: that of impurity multiphonon relaxation. Practical characterization of candidate selenide glasses is presented. Potential applications of mid-infrared fiber lasers are suggested.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Chalcogenide Glass

Original Manuscript: September 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2010
Published: December 6, 2010

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Angela B Seddon, Zhuoqi Tang, David Furniss, Slawomir Sujecki, and Trevor M Benson, "Progress in rare-earth-doped mid-infrared fiber lasers," Opt. Express 18, 26704-26719 (2010)

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