15 February 2012 High energy in-band pumped erbium doped pulse fibre laser
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We demonstrate an inband, core-pumped master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) with a maximum pulse energy of 1.56 mJ at a repetition rate of 1.25 kHz, seeded by an actively Q-switched Erbium/Ytterbium-codoped fiber (EYDF) ring laser, producing 150-ns pulses at 1562.5 nm. To maximize energy extraction whilst minimizing signal saturation effects, a 40μm Er3+-doped larger mode area (LMA) fiber was used as the gain medium. A 1535 nm single mode fiber laser was used for in-band pumping of the LMA fiber. The output beam quality (M2) was measured to be ~1.6. This is to the best of our knowledge is the highest reported pulse energy for a pulse fiber laser at 1.5 μm with M2~1.6.
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E. L. Lim, S. U. Alam, D. J. Richardson, "High energy in-band pumped erbium doped pulse fibre laser", Proc. SPIE 8237, Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 82371V (15 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.908429; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.908429
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