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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2008
  • pp: 881–883

Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser

Timothy McComb, Vikas Sudesh, and Martin Richardson  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 8, pp. 881-883 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000881


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Abstract

A Tm-doped large mode area (LMA) silica fiber laser has been locked to a stable wavelength of 2053.9 nm using a volume Bragg grating (VBG). The measured spectral width of the laser output was < 300 pm , limited by the spectrometer resolution. Although this laser had modest output ( 5 W ) and slope efficiency (41%), this new approach to spectrally limiting the output of LMA fiber lasers is inherently extendable to kilowatt powers, opening up several applications including high-power pulsed fiber lasers and spectral beam combining. Performance characteristics of the laser compared to one using a dielectric mirror as a high reflector are described, and the results imply low VBG losses.

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OCIS Codes
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2008
Published: April 14, 2008

Citation
Timothy McComb, Vikas Sudesh, and Martin Richardson, "Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 33, 881-883 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-8-881


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