14 June 2004 The road to kilowatt fiber lasers
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Although fiber amplifiers have been employed in communications systems for many years, until very recently the fiber laser was little more than a scientific curiosity. However the fiber laser format has a number of intrinsic advantages over lamp and diode pumped YAG lasers including size, reliability, wavelength selectivity, heat dissipation, wallplug efficiency and operational cost; and with kiloWatt output powers now possible fiber lasers are beginning to replace lamp and diode pumped YAG lasers in many industrial applications. In this paper we review the recent and ongoing advances in fiber design that have facilitated this revolution.
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Adrian Carter, Bryce N. Samson, Kanishka Tankala, David P. Machewirth, Upendra H. Manyam, Jaroslaw Abramczyk, Julia Farroni, Douglas P. Guertin, Nils Jacobson, "The road to kilowatt fiber lasers", Proc. SPIE 5350, Optical Components and Materials, (14 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.533134; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.533134

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