[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present results on a high-power, cladding-pumped, Yb-doped fiber emitting at 977 nm in laser and ampllified-spontaneous-emission source configurations. We obtained up to 1.4 W of fiber-coupled, single-mode output power and slope efficiency as high as 68%. To our knowledge these are the highest powers efficiencies achieved from a single-mode fiber laser at approximately 980 nm and the first demonstrated results on a high-power amplified-spontaneous-emission source in this wavelength range. High power and high slope efficiency are achieved by using a high numerical aperture (> 0.7), a jacketed air-clad fiber, and a high-brightness pump source. Both types of sources exhibit relative intensity noise below -130 dB/Hz and are thus suitable for a wide range of applications.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cladding-pumped single-mode Yb-doped fibre laser and ASE sources with over 1 W of output power at 977 nm are described. Their low RIN, high power, and high efficiency are attractive for a variety of applications.