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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Jul. 29, 2013
  • pp: 17701–17710

Theoretical modeling and experiments on a DBR waveguide laser fabricated by the femtosecond laser direct-write technique

Yuwen Duan, Aaron McKay, Nemanja Jovanovic, Martin Ams, Graham D. Marshall, M. J. Steel, and Michael J. Withford  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 17701-17710 (2013)

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Abstract: We present a model for a Yb-doped distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) waveguide laser fabricated in phosphate glass using the femtosecond laser direct-write technique. The model gives emphasis to transverse integrals to investigate the energy distribution in a homogenously doped glass, which is an important feature of femtosecond laser inscribed waveguide lasers (WGLs). The model was validated with experiments comparing a DBR WGL and a fiber laser, and then used to study the influence of distributed rare earth dopants on the performance of such lasers. Approximately 15% of the pump power was absorbed by the doped “cladding” in the femtosecond laser inscribed Yb doped WGL case with the length of 9.8 mm. Finally, we used the model to determine the parameters that optimize the laser output such as the waveguide length, output coupler reflectivity and refractive index contrast.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3430) Lasers and laser optics : Laser theory
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(130.2755) Integrated optics : Glass waveguides
(140.3615) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ytterbium

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 31, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 11, 2013
Published: July 17, 2013

Yuwen Duan, Aaron McKay, Nemanja Jovanovic, Martin Ams, Graham D. Marshall, M. J. Steel, and Michael J. Withford, "Theoretical modeling and experiments on a DBR waveguide laser fabricated by the femtosecond laser direct-write technique," Opt. Express 21, 17701-17710 (2013)

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