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Air-clad fibers: pump absorption assisted by chaotic wave dynamics?

Niels Asger Mortensen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8988-8996 (2007)
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Abstract

Wave chaos is a concept which has already proved its practical usefulness in design of double-clad fibers for cladding-pumped fiber lasers and fiber amplifiers. In general, classically chaotic geometries will favor strong pump absorption and we address the extent of chaotic wave dynamics in typical air-clad geometries. While air-clad structures supporting sup-wavelength convex air-glass interfaces (viewed from the high-index side) will promote chaotic dynamics we find guidance of regular whispering-gallery modes in air-clad structures resembling an overall cylindrical symmetry. Highly symmetric air-clad structures may thus suppress the pump-absorption efficiency η below the ergodic scaling law η ∝ Ac /A cl, where Ac and A cl are the areas of the rare-earth doped core and the cladding, respectively.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

1. Introduction

Cladding-pumped fibers are in general considered interesting candidates for use as high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers [1

1. A. Tünnermann, T. Schreiber, F. Röser, A. Liem, S. Höfer, H. Zellmer, S. Nolte, and J. Limpert, “The renaissance and bright future of fibre lasers,” J. Phys. B-At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 38(9), S681 – S693 (2005). [CrossRef]

, 2

2. H.-R. Müller, J. Kirchhof, V. Reichel, and S. Unger, “Fibers for high-power lasers and amplifiers,” C. R. Phys. 7, 154 – 162 (2006). [CrossRef]

, 3

3. J. Canning, “Fibre lasers and related technologies,” Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 647 – 676 (2006). [CrossRef]

, 4

4. J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, and A. Tünnermann, “Ultrafast high power fiber laser systems,” C. R. Phys. 7, 187 – 197 (2006). [CrossRef]

]. Fiber lasers provide the advantages of high power levels combined with very high beam quality. The successful scaling of power levels for fiber lasers is powered by an ongoing technological progress along several lines including the development of diode lasers, pump coupling schemes, and improved double-clad fibers.

The inset in Fig. 1 shows a schematic presentation of a cladding-pumped fiber laser. The double-clad approach was pioneered by Snitzer and co-workers in the late 1980’s (see Ref. [5

5. E. Snitzer, “Rare-earth fiber lasers,” J. Less-Common Metals 148(1-2), 45 – 58 (1989). [CrossRef]

] and references therein) and the basic concept of the double-clad fiber laser is to facilitate conversion of multi-mode light into a single-mode beam of high quality. The pump light is corralled by the double-clad and while light propagates down the fiber, photons are absorbed and converted to stimulated emission by a rare-earth doped fiber core at the center of the inner cladding. Typically, the laser cavity is formed by inscribing Bragg reflectors in the fiber core.

Fig. 1. Plot of the pump-absorption efficiency η(L). The solid line shows the ergodic limit, Eq. (7), while the dashed line indicates the initial dynamics and the critical length L *, Eq. (11). The inset illustrates a setup employing a double-clad fiber for conversion of multi-mode light with a low beam quality into single-mode light with a high beam quality.
Fig. 2. Panel (a) shows a micrograph of an air-clad photonic crystal fiber made in silica (courtesy Crystal Fibre A/S). The pump light is corralled by an air clad consisting of 42 air holes (dark regions) separated by sub-micron silica bridges. The diameter of the inner cladding is of the order 125μm. Panels (b) to (h) show time-dependent finite-element simulations of a scalar wave equation at different times (click panel to view animation, 3.3 Mbyte) for the initial Gaussian excitation shown in panel (b). [Media 1]

Pump absorption in air-clad fibers is typically very high and it has been speculated [16

16. J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Petersson, P. M. W. Skovgaard, J. R. Folkenberg, M. D. Nielsen, C. Jakobsen, H. Si-monsen, and N. A. Mortensen, “Air-clad photonic crystal fibers for high-power single-mode lasers,” Proc. SPIE 5335, 192 – 201 (2004). [CrossRef]

] that this is coursed by chaotic ray dynamics. Non-integrable air-clad geometries seem to be inherent to the fabrication method where the shapes of the air holes arise in an interplay and competition of e.g. the glass viscosity and glass-air surface tension. Figure 2 illustrates one example of an air-clad fiber [10

10. J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, R. Iliew, F. Lederer, J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Pe-tersson, and C. Jakobsen, “High-power air-clad large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber laser,” Opt. Express 11, 818 – 823 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] which has a classically chaotic geometry with a convex boundary (from the point of view of the pump light) which will scatter incident waves in a highly non-deterministic way. Time-dependent finite-element simulations of a scalar wave equation in a corresponding confined geometry, panels (b) to (h), do indeed support this picture of chaotic wave dynamics. Indeed, the pump absorption observed in Ref. [10

10. J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, R. Iliew, F. Lederer, J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Pe-tersson, and C. Jakobsen, “High-power air-clad large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber laser,” Opt. Express 11, 818 – 823 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

] is much stronger than for an equivalent circular geometry.

In this work we use finite-element simulations to show how the wave dynamics has fingerprints inherited from the classically chaotic geometry. In particular, we consider the statistics of the mode-overlap with the core and argue that air-clad fibers tend to be chaotic by nature in the case of sup-wavelength convex air-clad features.

2. Formalism

For simplicity we consider the simplified problem with a spatially homogeneous inner cladding region Ωcl with dielectric function ε cl = n 2 cl and a rare-earth doped fiber core region Ωc with dielectric function ε c, see panel (a) in Fig. 2. The inner cladding may be defined by several air regions Ωair. The complex-valued dielectric function is then of the form

ε(r)=ε′(r)+iε″(r)={εc+iεc,rΩc,εcl,rΩcl,1,rΩair,
(1)

where for the rare-earth doped core ε"c ≪ε′c so that absorption is a weak perturbation. In the following we consider temporal harmonic modes which are governed by the wave equation

××Em=ε(ωmc)2Em,m=1,2,3,
(2)

where ωm is the angular frequency and c is the speed of light. For a fiber geometry, translational invariance along the fiber axis results in modes of the plane-wave form e izt;) with the dispersion relation ω(β) found by solving Eq. (2). Typically, the dispersion properties are obtained through numerical solutions of Eq. (2), but perturbation theory is another highly valuable tool in analyzing the consequences of minor perturbations such as variations ∆ε in the dielectric function. For a fixed frequency, we apply standard first-order perturbation theory to predict the corresponding shift ∆β in the propagation constant β,

Δβm=(ωmβ)1ωm2EmΔεEmEmεEm
(3)

where νg = ∂ω/∂β is the group velocity which is mathematically introduced through the use of the chain rule [17

17. S. G. Johnson, M. Ibanescu, M. A. Skorobogatiy, O. Weisberg, J. D. Joannopoulos, and Y. Fink, “Perturbation theory for Maxwell’s equations with shifting material boundaries,” Phys. Rev. E 65, 066611 (2002). [CrossRef]

].

3. Pump absorption

Obviously, a complex dielectric function as in Eq. (1) will for a fixed and real-valued frequency result in a complex valued propagation constant β = β′ + i β″. The interpretation of the imaginary part as a damping becomes obvious when expecting the intensity I(z,t) |e i (βz - ωt)|2 = e -2βz = e -αz where we have introduced the damping parameter α = 2β″. In the following we will consider the case where the imaginary part in Eq. (1) is a small perturbation to the real part, i.e. ε″ ≪ ε′ so that β″ ≪ β′. From Eq. (3) we immediately get

αm=2βm=fm×ωνg,mεcεcfm×αc
(4)

where we have introduced the relative optical overlap with the core

fm=EmεEmcEmεEmc+cl=EmDmcEmDmc+cl
(5)

with |D〉= ε|E〉 being the displacement field. In the last equality of Eq. (4) we have approximated the group velocity by that in the homogenous core material, thus allowing for the introduction of the core material absorption parameter αc. The interpretation of Eq. (4) is straight forward; the absorption of a given mode is very intuitively given by αc of the core material weighted by the relative optical overlap f of the mode with the core. Now, since the cladding diameter by far exceeds the wavelength of the light we will have a continuum of cladding states, even for typical low-NA air-clad fibers [18

18. N. A. Mortensen, M. Stach, J. Broeng, A. Petersson, H. R. Simonsen, and R. Michalzik, “Multi-mode photonic crystal fibers for VCSEL based data transmission,” Opt. Express 11(17), 1953 – 1959 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

], so studying the characteristics of the individual modes is cumbersome. Instead it is common to quantify pump absorption by a single parameter, i.e. the pump absorption efficiency as indicated in Fig. 1

η(L)=0dαP(α)[1exp(αL)]0dfP(f)[1exp(f×αcL)].
(6)

Here,P(α) is the distribution of attenuation coefficients while [1 - exp(-αL)] is the absorption efficiency for the individual mode for a length L of propagation. In the second equality we have used the approximation in Eq. (4) and introduced the distribution P(f) of the overlap integrals defined by Eq. (5). With the form of Eq. (6) we have implicitly assumed a uniform excitation at the input facet of the fiber so that each mode has the same initial amplitude and initially carries the same power. Furthermore, mode mixing due to longitudinal non-uniformities, including bending, is obviously not taken into account. In that sense Eq. (6) gives a lower bound for the pump absorption efficiency.

A general evaluation of the integral of course requires that we know the distribution function in detail. However, the initial decay is easily found by expanding the square-bracket part of the integrand. This conveniently leaves us with a result in terms of the moments 〈fn) = ∫ 0 dfP(f)fn of the distribution function,

η(L)=fαcL12f2(αcL)2+𝓞([αcL]3).
(7)

Obviously, the higher a mean value 〈f〉 and the smaller a spread 〈f 2〉 the more efficient a pump absorption for a given length L. From Eq. (7) we may now easily estimate the critical length of fiber L * required to achieve an efficient conversion of the pump. From η(L *) ≃ 100% we get

L*f1×αc1
(8)

demonstrating how fiber geometries with a large mean value 〈f〉 will facilitate fiber lasers with a shorter laser cavity. In the following we will study chaotic means for enhancing the mean value and thus decreasing L *.

4. Chaos and the ergodic hypothesis

Fig. 3. Ray-tracing dynamics illustrating the different response of integrable geometries, panels (a,b), and non-integrable chaotic geometries, panels (c,d). Panels (a) shows initial ray trajectories in the transverse section of an integrable geometry corresponding to an idealized multi-mode fibers having perfect circular symmetry. Panel (b) shows the regular whispering-gallery like pattern that results after propagating the initial rays in panel (a) for a long time (> 103 round trips). Panel (c) shows corresponding results for a non-integrable chaotic geometry including a circular scatterer. Note that the ray pattern results from the same initial conditions as for panel (b). Panel (d) shows a corresponding ‘scarred’ wave function obtained from a finite-element solution of a scalar wave equation.

From a pump absorption point of view, chaos completely changes the distribution P(f) of overlaps. Assuming that the eigenfields are, on average, spatially fully homogenized, then Eq. (5) reduces to

f0=εcAcεcAc+εclAcl=AcAcl+𝓞([AcAcl]2)+𝓞(εcεcl)
(9)

where Ac = ∫Ωc dr and A cl = ∫Ωcl dr are the areas of the core and cladding regions, respectively. In the following we use the definition f 0 = Ac/A cl. The above assumption corresponds to the ergodic limit where all modes visit all parts of the phase space equally. We then have P(f) ≃ δ(f - f 0) so that 〈f〉 ≃ f 0 and due to the simple properties of the Dirac delta function Eq. (6) is now easily evaluated with the result

η(L)1exp(f0αcL)(ergodiclimit)
(10)

showing a single-exponential behavior as illustrated in Fig. 1. Finally, Eq. (8) reduces to

L*f01×αc1AclAc×αc1
(11)

which is the ultimate scaling which can be achieved for the absorption of the pump.

5. Overlap statistics

In the following we illustrate the difference between an integrable geometry and a chaotic geometry by comparing rods of glass in air with a circular and D-shaped cross section, respectively. We use a finite-element method (COMSOL Multiphysics) to calculate fully vectorial eigenmodes of Eq. (2) from which we evaluate Eq. (5) numerically. Grouping the data into bins of width f 0/4 we arrive at the histogram shown in Fig. 4. For simplicity we have considered ε cl = ε c = (1.45)2 and for the wavelength we have used λ/ε = 0.1 with R being the radius of the cladding. Furthermore, the core is placed in the center of the fiber and Ac/A cl = 0.01. Results for the circular case are shown in blue while the red results are for a corresponding D-shaped geometry. The dashed lines are numerical fits to the following normalized distribution function

Fig. 4. Distribution functions for a regular integrable and non-integrable chaotic geometry. The dashed lines shows numerical fits to Eq. (12) with 〈f〉/f 0 ~ 9% and 〈f〉/f 0 ~ 100% for the circular and D-shape geometries, respectively.
Pfit(f)={f1exp(ff),ff0~9%,(circular),4ff2exp(2ff),ff0~100%,(Dshape),
(12)

with the mean value 〈f〉 used as fitting parameter. Figure 4 is illustrating the close to exponential distribution in the case of the integrable geometry while for the chaotic geometry the weight is shifted to much larger values with a suppression of modes with a poor overlap. The insets show typical modes for the two geometries. For the circular geometry the peak in the distribution originates from WPGs which are suppressed in the D-shaped geometry where modes are of the ‘scarred‘ nature with an average overlap 〈f〉 ~ f 0 in agreement with the ergodic hypothesis. Obviously, in the context of η the chaotic structure is superior to the integrable one as also emphasized previously in the literature [15

15. V. Doya, O. Legrand, and F. Mortessagne, “Optimized absorption in a chaotic double-clad fiber amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 26, 872 – 874 (2001). [CrossRef]

, 20

20. D. Kouznetsov, J. V. Moloney, and E. M. Wright, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. I. Fiber with circular symmetry,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 743 – 749 (2001). [CrossRef]

, 21

21. D. Kouznetsov and J. V. Moloney, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. II. Broken circular symmetry,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1259 – 1263 (2002). [CrossRef]

, 22

22. D. Kouznetsov and J. V. Moloney, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. III. Calculation of modes,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1304 – 1309 (2002). [CrossRef]

].

A quite natural question now arises; are air clad structures truly chaotic? As we shall see the answer to this inquiry depends a lot on the geometry into which the air holes are arranged. For the simulations in Fig. 2 we neglected the sub-micron silica bridges separating the sup-micron convex air-clad features. At first this appears reasonable if the bridges are sub-wavelength. However, one should not compare to the free-space wavelength λ (or λ/n cl for that sake), but one should rather consider the effective transverse wavelength λ which may exceed λ significantly. Projecting the problem onto the transverse cross section of the fiber we get

Fig. 5. Qualitative illustration of the distribution function for an air-clad structure displaying partly integrable (λ δ) and partly chaotic dynamics (λ δ). The insets illustrate the two classes of modes representing a vanishing overlap f ~ 0 and a finite overlap f ~ f 0, respectively.
λλncl2neff2
(13)

where n eff = /ωm is the effective index of mode m. Now, let δ be a characteristic length scale for the air-clad features, such as the bridge width or the air-hole diameter. The modes may now be classified by comparing λ with δ;

  • For λδ the electromagnetic field effectively experiences a smooth boundary defined by the air clad and the wave dynamics may be integrable or chaotic depending on the effective shape of the corral.
  • For λδ the field explores all the detailed features and in particular the convex air-clad boundary so that the wave dynamics turn chaotic.

While the geometry in Fig. 2 is chaotic in both limits one can easily imagine more regular air-clad structures which will only be ‘partly’ chaotic, i.e. low-NA modes will experience an integrable confinement geometry while high-NA modes will experience a chaotic geometry. Indeed, the insets in Fig. 5 illustrate this perfectly for a geometry very much resembling the over-all cylindrical symmetry of the air-clad structure employed in more recent works such as Ref. [23

23. J. Limpert, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, A. Tünnermann, S. Ermeneux, P. Yvernault, and F. Salin, “Extended single-mode photonic crystal fiber lasers,” Opt. Express 14, 2715 – 2720 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

]. The air-clad structure consists of 27 air-holes distributed evenly in a cylindrical symmetry with radius R. The modes are obtained by fully-vectorial finite-element solutions of Eq. (2) for a wavelength of λ/R = 0.01. While a quantitative numerical simulation of the full statistics and the distribution function is cumbersome we imagine that the two classes of modes will give rise to a distribution function qualitatively interpolating the two limits in Eq. (12) as indicated schematically in Fig.5. The existence of skew rays and WPGs, represented by the exponential peak near f ~ 0, will eventually suppress the average value 〈f〉 below the ergodic limit given by f 0 thus compromising the pump-absorption efficiency η and the critical absorption length L *. Deforming the ring-shaped air-clad slightly, or introducing an additional air hole as in panel (c) or (d) of Fig. 3, would suppress the exponential peak at f ~ 0 and restore the distribution function with 〈f〉 ~ f 0 characteristic of chaotic wave dynamics. Figure 6 illustrates how WPGs may be suppressed by constructing the air-clad in a D-shaped fashion.

Fig. 6. Panel (a) shows a whispering-gallery mode in a ring-shaped air-clad geometry while panel (b) shows a corresponding mode for a D-shaped air-clad geometry.

6. Conclusion

Acknowledgments

Publication of this work is financially supported by the Danish Council for Strategic Research through the Strategic Program for Young Researchers (grant no: 2117-05-0037). J. Broeng, A. Petersson, M. D. Nielsen, J. Riis Folkenberg, P. M. W. Skovgaard, C. Jakobsen, H. Simonsen, and J. Limpert are acknowledged for sharing their insight in experiments, theory, design, and fabrication of air clad fibers.

References and links

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A. Tünnermann, T. Schreiber, F. Röser, A. Liem, S. Höfer, H. Zellmer, S. Nolte, and J. Limpert, “The renaissance and bright future of fibre lasers,” J. Phys. B-At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 38(9), S681 – S693 (2005). [CrossRef]

2.

H.-R. Müller, J. Kirchhof, V. Reichel, and S. Unger, “Fibers for high-power lasers and amplifiers,” C. R. Phys. 7, 154 – 162 (2006). [CrossRef]

3.

J. Canning, “Fibre lasers and related technologies,” Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 647 – 676 (2006). [CrossRef]

4.

J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, and A. Tünnermann, “Ultrafast high power fiber laser systems,” C. R. Phys. 7, 187 – 197 (2006). [CrossRef]

5.

E. Snitzer, “Rare-earth fiber lasers,” J. Less-Common Metals 148(1-2), 45 – 58 (1989). [CrossRef]

6.

D. DiGiovanni, “Method of making a cladding pumped fiber structure,” US Patent #5873923 (1999). [PubMed]

7.

W. J. Wadsworth, J. C. Knight, W. H. Reeves, P. S. J. Russell, and J. Arriaga, “Yb3+-doped photonic crystal fibre laser,” Electron. Lett. 36, 1452 – 1454 (2000). [CrossRef]

8.

K. Furusawa, A. Malinowski, J. H. V. Price, T. M. Monro, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, “Cladding pumped Ytterbium-doped fiber laser with holey inner and outer cladding,” Opt. Express 9, 714 – 720 (2001). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

9.

W. J. Wadsworth, R. M. Percival, G. Bouwmans, J. C. Knight, and P. S. J. Russel, “High power air-clad photonic crystal fibre laser,” Opt. Express 11, 48 – 53 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

10.

J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, R. Iliew, F. Lederer, J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Pe-tersson, and C. Jakobsen, “High-power air-clad large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber laser,” Opt. Express 11, 818 – 823 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

11.

G. Bouwmans, R. M. Percival, W. J. Wadsworth, J. C. Knight, and P. S. J. Russell, “High-power Er : Yb fiber laser with very high numerical aperture pump-cladding waveguide,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 817 – 818 (2003). [CrossRef]

12.

J. Limpert, N. D. Robin, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, F. Röser, A. Liem, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, J. Broeng, A. Petersson, and C. Jakobsen, “High-power rod-type photonic crystal fiber laser,” Opt. Express 13, 1055 – 1058 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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M. Aslund, S. D. Jackson, J. Canning, A. Teixeira, and K. Lyytikainen-Digweed, “The influence of skew rays on angular losses in air-clad fibres,” Opt. Commun. 262, 77 – 81 (2006). [CrossRef]

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V. Doya, O. Legrand, and F. Mortessagne, “Optimized absorption in a chaotic double-clad fiber amplifier,” Opt. Lett. 26, 872 – 874 (2001). [CrossRef]

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J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Petersson, P. M. W. Skovgaard, J. R. Folkenberg, M. D. Nielsen, C. Jakobsen, H. Si-monsen, and N. A. Mortensen, “Air-clad photonic crystal fibers for high-power single-mode lasers,” Proc. SPIE 5335, 192 – 201 (2004). [CrossRef]

17.

S. G. Johnson, M. Ibanescu, M. A. Skorobogatiy, O. Weisberg, J. D. Joannopoulos, and Y. Fink, “Perturbation theory for Maxwell’s equations with shifting material boundaries,” Phys. Rev. E 65, 066611 (2002). [CrossRef]

18.

N. A. Mortensen, M. Stach, J. Broeng, A. Petersson, H. R. Simonsen, and R. Michalzik, “Multi-mode photonic crystal fibers for VCSEL based data transmission,” Opt. Express 11(17), 1953 – 1959 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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V. Doya, O. Legrand, F. Mortessagne, and C. Miniatura, “Speckle statistics in a chaotic multimode fiber,” Phys. Rev. E 65(5), 056223 (2002). [CrossRef]

20.

D. Kouznetsov, J. V. Moloney, and E. M. Wright, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. I. Fiber with circular symmetry,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 743 – 749 (2001). [CrossRef]

21.

D. Kouznetsov and J. V. Moloney, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. II. Broken circular symmetry,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1259 – 1263 (2002). [CrossRef]

22.

D. Kouznetsov and J. V. Moloney, “Efficiency of pump absorption in double-clad fiber amplifiers. III. Calculation of modes,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1304 – 1309 (2002). [CrossRef]

23.

J. Limpert, O. Schmidt, J. Rothhardt, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, A. Tünnermann, S. Ermeneux, P. Yvernault, and F. Salin, “Extended single-mode photonic crystal fiber lasers,” Opt. Express 14, 2715 – 2720 (2006). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

OCIS Codes
(060.2280) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber design and fabrication
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: May 24, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 28, 2007
Published: July 5, 2007

Citation
Niels A. Mortensen, "Air-clad fibers: pump absorption assisted by chaotic wave dynamics?," Opt. Express 15, 8988-8996 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-14-8988


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References

  1. A. Tünnermann, T. Schreiber, F. Röser, A. Liem, S. Höfer, H. Zellmer, S. Nolte, and J. Limpert, "The renaissance and bright future of fibre lasers," J. Phys. B 38, S681 - S693 (2005). [CrossRef]
  2. H.-R. Müller, J. Kirchhof, V. Reichel, and S. Unger, "Fibers for high-power lasers and amplifiers," C. R. Phys. 7, 154 - 162 (2006). [CrossRef]
  3. J. Canning, "Fibre lasers and related technologies," Opt. Lasers Eng. 44, 647 - 676 (2006). [CrossRef]
  4. J. Limpert, F. Röser, T. Schreiber, I. Manek-Hönninger, F. Salin, and A. Tünnermann, "Ultrafast high power fiber laser systems," C. R. Phys. 7, 187 - 197 (2006). [CrossRef]
  5. E. Snitzer, "Rare-earth fiber lasers," J. Less-Common Met. 148, 45 - 58 (1989). [CrossRef]
  6. D. DiGiovanni, "Method of making a cladding pumped fiber structure," US Patent # 5873923 (1999). [PubMed]
  7. W. J. Wadsworth, J. C. Knight, W. H. Reeves, P. S. J. Russell, and J. Arriaga, "Yb3+-doped photonic crystal fibre laser," Electron. Lett. 36, 1452 - 1454 (2000). [CrossRef]
  8. K. Furusawa, A. Malinowski, J. H. V. Price, T.M. Monro, J. K. Sahu, J. Nilsson, and D. J. Richardson, "Cladding pumped Ytterbium-doped fiber laser with holey inner and outer cladding," Opt. Express 9, 714 - 720 (2001). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. W. J. Wadsworth, R. M. Percival, G. Bouwmans, J. C. Knight, and P. S. J. Russel, "High power air-clad photonic crystal fibre laser," Opt. Express 11, 48 - 53 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  10. J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, S. Nolte, H. Zellmer, A. Tünnermann, R. Iliew, F. Lederer, J. Broeng, G. Vienne, A. Petersson, and C. Jakobsen, "High-power air-clad large-mode-area photonic crystal fiber laser," Opt. Express 11, 818 - 823 (2003). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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