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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2008
  • pp: 402–404

Efficient 2 μ m Tm 3 + -doped tellurite fiber laser

Billy Richards, Yuen Tsang, David Binks, Joris Lousteau, and Animesh Jha  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 402-404 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000402


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Abstract

Laser emission in the range of 1.88 1.99 μ m from a Tm 3 + -doped tellurite fiber is demonstrated when pumped with a diode-pumped Er 3 + Yb 3 + -doped silica fiber laser operating at 1.57 1.61 μ m . This pump source excites the Tm 3 + ions directly into the F 4 3 upper laser level and yields an output power of 280 mW with a slope efficiency of 76% in a 99%–12% laser cavity arrangement and a 32 cm long fiber. This result is very close to the Stokes efficiency limit of 80 % . This is, to the authors’ knowledge, the first demonstration of high efficiency lasing in a tellurite fiber at wavelengths longer than 1.56 μ m .

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OCIS Codes
(060.2390) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics, infrared
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(160.2290) Materials : Fiber materials
(160.5690) Materials : Rare-earth-doped materials

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: August 16, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2008
Published: February 14, 2008

Citation
Billy Richards, Yuen Tsang, David Binks, Joris Lousteau, and Animesh Jha, "Efficient ~2 μm Tm3+-doped tellurite fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 33, 402-404 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-4-402

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