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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9364–9370

Hybrid Q-switched Yb-doped fiber laser

J. Y. Huang, W. Z. Zhuang, W. C. Huang, K. W. Su, K. F. Huang, and Y. F. Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9364-9370 (2011)

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We investigate the performance of a hybrid Q-switched (HQS) fiber laser that is constructed with a low RF-power driven acousto-optic (AO) Q-switch and an AlGaInAs semiconductor saturable absorber. Compared to a pure passively Q-switched (PQS) fiber laser, the ratio of timing jitter to pulse period can be significantly reduced from 2% to 0.3% in the regime of far above threshold. On the other hand, the prelasing effect in a pure actively Q-switched fiber laser can be considerably improved. More importantly, the maximum pulse energy of the HQS fiber laser can be increased approximately 25% in comparison with the result of the PQS fiber laser. At a pump power of 24 W, the highest pulse energy is up to 0.56 mJ with the pulse duration of 50 ns at the repetition rate of 23 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(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: February 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2011
Published: April 28, 2011

J. Y. Huang, W. Z. Zhuang, W. C. Huang, K. W. Su, K. F. Huang, and Y. F. Chen, "Hybrid Q-switched Yb-doped fiber laser," Opt. Express 19, 9364-9370 (2011)

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