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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3943–3945

Stable 10 W Er:ZBLAN fiber laser operating at 2.71 2.88 μm

Shigeki Tokita, Mayu Hirokane, Masanao Murakami, Seiji Shimizu, Masaki Hashida, and Shuji Sakabe  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 23, pp. 3943-3945 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.003943


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Abstract

We have developed a diode-pumped tunable 3 μm fiber laser with a cw output power of the order of 10 W with the use of an erbium-doped ZBLAN fiber. A tunability range of 110 nm (2770 to 2880 nm ) with an output power between 8 and 11 W was demonstrated. As the pump power was increased, the center of the wavelength range was shifted toward longer wavelengths, but the width of the wavelength range was largely unaffected. The total tunability range for various pump power levels was 170 nm (2710 to 2880 nm ). To our knowledge, this is the highest performance (output power and tunability) obtained from a tunable 3 μm fiber laser.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3070) Lasers and laser optics : Infrared and far-infrared lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: November 2, 2010
Published: November 23, 2010

Citation
Shigeki Tokita, Mayu Hirokane, Masanao Murakami, Seiji Shimizu, Masaki Hashida, and Shuji Sakabe, "Stable 10 W Er:ZBLAN fiber laser operating at 2.71–2.88μm," Opt. Lett. 35, 3943-3945 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-23-3943


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