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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 16285–16290

A linearly polarised, pulsed Ho-doped fiber laser

Sophie Hollitt, Nikita Simakov, Alexander Hemming, John Haub, and Adrian Carter  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 16285-16290 (2012)

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We report the highest power operation of a monolithic polarised gain-switched holmium fiber laser. In this paper we describe the pulsed operation of two monolithic holmium fiber lasers, which were gain-switched by a pulsed thulium fiber laser. The first holmium laser produced pulses with a minimum pulse duration of 85 ns, maximum pulse energy of 16 µJ and repetition rate of 600 kHz. This laser was linearly polarised with an extinction ratio of >18.5 dB under all operating conditions and achieved average powers of up to 5.1 W at 2.104 µm. The second laser demonstrated shorter pulses with a minimum duration of 38 ns at a maximum repetition rate of 300 kHz. This laser produced up to 1.5 W of average power at 2.112 µm.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3460) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3538) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, pulsed

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 23, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2012
Published: July 2, 2012

Sophie Hollitt, Nikita Simakov, Alexander Hemming, John Haub, and Adrian Carter, "A linearly polarised, pulsed Ho-doped fiber laser," Opt. Express 20, 16285-16290 (2012)

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