A highly elongated double-clad ribbon fiber that comprises a pure-silica inner cladding with transverse dimensions of ∼1.4 mm by 0.23 mm with a linear array of ten ytterbium-doped cores has been fabricated and operated in a simple laser configuration pumped by two diode stacks. The fiber laser yielded 320 W of output power at a center wavelength of 1045 nm in a combined beam with beam propagation factors of ∼2 (perpendicular to the array) and ∼150 (parallel to the array) for 576 W of launched pump power. The slope efficiency with respect to absorbed pump power was 62%. The prospects for further power scaling and improved beam quality and efficiency are discussed.
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Lasers and Laser Optics
L. J. Cooper, P. Wang, R. B. Williams, J. K. Sahu, W. A. Clarkson, A. M. Scott, and D. Jones, "High-power Yb-doped multicore ribbon fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 30, 2906-2908 (2005)