167 W, power scalable ytterbium-doped photonic bandgap fiber amplifier at 1178nm

Department of Chemistry, Korea University, Jochiwon 339-700, Korea.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.49). 08/2010; 18(16):16345-52. DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.016345
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An ytterbium-doped photonic bandgap fiber amplifier operating at the long wavelength edge of the ytterbium gain band is investigated for high power amplification. The spectral filtering effect of the photonic bandgap efficiently suppresses amplified spontaneous emission at the conventional ytterbium gain wavelengths and thus enables high power amplification at 1178 nm. A record output power of 167 W, a slope efficiency of 61% and 15 dB saturated gain at 1178 nm have been demonstrated using the ytterbium-doped photonic bandgap fiber.

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    • "ANY applications, such as coherent lidar system, nonlinear frequency conversion, coherent beam combining architectures, require high power laser sources with diffraction-limited beam quality. Fiber laser systems, which have earned a solid reputation as a highly power scalable laser with high beam quality, are attractive sources for the aforementioned applications [1] [2] [3]. Generally, high power fiber laser systems employ large mode area (LMA) fibers to overcome the limitation of nonlinear effects and enable higher power scaling [4]. "
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    • "Power scaling of 1150-1200 nm YDFL can be realized by using specially designed photonic bandgap (PBG) fibers [10], [11]. The highest power achieved by using this fiber is 167 W at 1178 nm [10]. In addition, Raman fiber laser (RFL) can also be used to Vol. 5, No. 5, October 2013 1501706 IEEE Photonics Journal 119-W Monolithic Single-Mode 1173-nm RFL boost the laser power. "
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    • "It is clear that the loss profiles measured by 40 m long fibers coiled with D = 32 cm (dot curves in Fig. 7) are not sharp enough to suppress the gain growth at the wavelengths shorter than 1178 nm. Therefore, we coiled the fiber to smaller diameters to fine-tune the short-wavelength cut-off and steepen the loss slope [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]. The fibers coiled with D = 26 cm, the optimal coiling diameter determined experimentally, have loss slopes steeper than the gain and can be free from ASE in the wide spectral region. "
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