24 October 2017 Suppression of high order modes employing active self-imaging mode filter in large mode area strongly pumped fiber amplifier
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Proceedings Volume 10457, AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications; 104572Q (2017) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284934
Event: Applied Optics and Photonics China (AOPC2017), 2017, Beijing, China
Abstract
To suppress high order modes and improve the beam quality, an active self-imaging mode filter based on multimode interference and self-imaging effect is proposed in large mode area (LMA) fiber amplifier. With this filter structure, transverse mode competition and individual transverse mode power distributions in strongly pumped fiber amplifiers are theoretically demonstrated. Employing this mode selection technique in 30/400 LMA strongly pumped fiber amplifier, the percentage of the fundamental mode rises from 27.8% (without filter) to 96.3%. By the modal power decomposition, the M2 parameter of beam quality decrease dramatically from 2.24 to 1.11 (0 relative phase) and from 3.01 to 1.24 (π/2 relative phase). This study provides a new method to achieve single mode in LMA fiber amplifier and this filter would be extended to larger mode area fiber amplifier to improve the beam quality.
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Xiang Zhao, Xiang Zhao, Gang Bai, Gang Bai, Ye Zheng, Ye Zheng, Xiaolong Chen, Xiaolong Chen, Yifeng Yang, Yifeng Yang, Yunfeng Qi, Yunfeng Qi, Bing He, Bing He, Jun Zhou, Jun Zhou, } "Suppression of high order modes employing active self-imaging mode filter in large mode area strongly pumped fiber amplifier ", Proc. SPIE 10457, AOPC 2017: Laser Components, Systems, and Applications, 104572Q (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2284934; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2284934
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