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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2000
  • pp: 37–39

High-energy, high-power ytterbium-doped Q-switched fiber laser

J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, H. L. Offerhaus, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, W. A. Clarkson, and D. J. Richardson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 37-39 (2000)

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We report on a Q -switched, cladding-pumped, ytterbium-doped large-mode-area fiber laser operating at 1090 nm that is capable of generating 2.3 mJ of output pulse energy at a 500-Hz repetition rate and more than 5 W of average output power at higher repetition rates in a high-brightness beam (M2 = 3) . Using a similar fiber with a smaller core, we generated >0.5-mJ pulses in a diffraction-limited beam. Our results represent a threefold increase in pulse energy over previously published values for Q-switched fiber lasers and firmly establish fiber lasers as compact, multiwatt, multimillijoule pulse sources with large scope for both industrial and scientific applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3540) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, Q-switched

J. A. Alvarez-Chavez, H. L. Offerhaus, J. Nilsson, P. W. Turner, W. A. Clarkson, and D. J. Richardson, "High-energy, high-power ytterbium-doped Q-switched fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 25, 37-39 (2000)

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