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26 May 1998 Efficient small-size eye-safe Q-switched erbium-doped fiber source
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Proceedings Volume 3404, ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing; (1998) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.308630
Event: ALT '97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing, 1997, Limoges, France
Abstract
An efficient all-fiber 1.53 micrometers high peak power and high repetition rate pulse laser source is presented. The first stage is a ring fiber laser principally including a short length of Er3+ doped fiber pumped by a 980/500 mW compact MOPA, and a short rise time acoustooptic modulator. Another length of a different Er3+ doped fiber pumped by a second MOPA works as an amplifying stage for the emitted pulses. With this optimized source, 30 ns/1 kW triangular pulses at 10 kHz, with a stability better than 0.2% have been obtained. This corresponds to a conversion efficiency of the optical power from the pump to the pulses reaching 30%. These performances make this source very suitable for eyesafe range finding and free space communications. Thanks to its robustness and compactness due to its all-fiber design and to the use of small size pump MOPAs, this source is well-adapted for portable field applications.
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Dominique Pagnoux, Philippe Roy, Laurent Mouneu, Thierry Midavaine, and Philippe Jacquier "Efficient small-size eye-safe Q-switched erbium-doped fiber source", Proc. SPIE 3404, ALT'97 International Conference on Laser Surface Processing, (26 May 1998); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.308630
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