High-power fiber lasers became important devices in many industrial and health care fields. The key for high-power operation of fiber lasers is the double-clad fiber technology transforming lower-brightness pumps into high-brightness laser beams. Efficient pump absorption in the active core of the double-clad fiber is crucial for reliable and economic operation of high power fiber lasers. In our recent work we extensively studied the dependence of the pump absorption efficiency on bending and twisting of the fiber. For the first time we theoretically predicted and later experimentally demonstrated significant enhancement of pump absorption efficiency by simultaneous bending and twisting of the double-clad fiber.
In this contribution we provide extension of our previous theoretical studies using beam propagation model incorporating laser rate equations. The effect of bending and twisting on signal amplification in the double-clad fiber is analyzed for different input signal powers, and moreover, pump field modal spectra are evaluated. The results show that in correspondence with pump absorption efficiency the gain of the amplifier is enhanced under the conditions of simultaneously bent and twisted fiber. The key to understand the effect of bending and twisting on pump absorption efficiency consists in modal spectra of pump field propagating in the first clad of the double clad fiber. Three cases of straight, bent only, and simultaneously bent and twisted fiber are compared. The comparison shows that bending causes increase of the spectral range of propagating modes, but does not bring about mode-mixing. Substantial mode-mixing is established only in simultaneously bent and twisted fiber.
Pavel Koška, Valérie Doya, and Pavel Peterka, "Modal-field spectra analysis of pump absorption efficiency in double-clad rare-earth doped fibers (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10083, Fiber Lasers XIV: Technology and Systems, 100830U (Presented at SPIE LASE: January 31, 2017; Published: 21 April 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2252218.5383482358001.
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