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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 24 — Dec. 2, 2013
  • pp: 29442–29448

Rapid, electronically controllable transverse mode selection in a multimode fiber laser

J. M. O. Daniel and W. A. Clarkson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 24, pp. 29442-29448 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.029442


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Abstract

A novel technique for the electronically-controllable generation and switching of transverse modes within a multi-mode fiber laser oscillator is presented. Preliminary results demonstrate individual transverse mode lasing and fast switching between modes with watt-level output powers. When applied to a core-pumped Tm-doped silica fiber laser with a multimode core the fundamental mode (LP01), the next higher order mode (LP11), or a donut-shaped LP11 superposition were selectively excited with power levels in excess of 5 W. Fast switching between LP01 and LP11 modes at up to 20kHz was also realized.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 5, 2013
Published: November 21, 2013

Citation
J. M. O. Daniel and W. A. Clarkson, "Rapid, electronically controllable transverse mode selection in a multimode fiber laser," Opt. Express 21, 29442-29448 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-24-29442


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