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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 11 — May. 23, 2011
  • pp: 10180–10192

Mode instability in high power fiber amplifiers

Arlee V. Smith and Jesse J. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 11, pp. 10180-10192 (2011)

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For powers exceeding a sharp threshold in the vicinity of several hundred watts the beam quality from some narrow bandwidth fiber amplifiers is severely degraded. We show that this can be caused by transverse thermal gradients induced by the amplification process.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 29, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011

Arlee V. Smith and Jesse J. Smith, "Mode instability in high power fiber amplifiers," Opt. Express 19, 10180-10192 (2011)

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