In a typical multi-kW industrial fiber laser, the influence of the main amplifier to master oscillator power ratio on laser performance has been fully demonstrated. An optimized output power ratio is obtained to be ~5, which can provide the maximum main amplifier slope efficiency of ~78.2% at multi-kW laser output. In this case, the laser setup was kept at ∼2.6kW for 1h and the output power presented a relatively small power degradation of 0.36%. It was found the injected seed power has no remarkable effect on the optimal slope efficiency for industry fiber laser. The present results indicated that a suitable power ratio between the main amplifier and the oscillator is of great importance for the power scaling up and high stability of industry fiber laser.
We fabricated and reported a pedestal fiber with Yb/Ce-codoped aluminosilicate (Al2O3-SiO2) core and germanosilicate (GeO2-SiO2) pedestal. This newly-optimized chelate precursor doping technique enables us to make homogeneous large-core pedestal fiber with strong pump absorption from Yb3+ ions about 3.66dB/m at 915nm. The fiber core was homogeneously doped with 4450ppm Yb3+, 11600ppm Al3+ and 1800ppm Ce3+, and surrounded by pedestal layers with 25000ppm Ge4+. The results indicate all-gas-phase chelate precursor doping technique is highly competitive for the fabrication of pedestal fiber towards narrow-linewidth fiber laser.
To investigate the laser performance of Ce/ Yb-codoped aluminosilicate (Al2O3-SiO2) binary glass fiber, we took commercial Nufern-20/400-9M fiber as a research object. 0.95 kW laser output power at 1066 nm with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 83.3% was achieved at fiber laser amplifier stage. Beam quality of Mx2 and My2 is 1.56 and 1.68 at 0.95 kW, respectively. The results indicate Nufern-20/400-9M fiber may be suitable
Based on a master oscillator power amplifier configuration, laser performance of commercial Nufern-20/400-8M Ybdoped aluminophosphosilicate ternary laser fiber was investigated. Pumped by 976 nm laser diodes, 982 W laser output power was obtained with a slope efficiency of 84.9%. Spectrum of output was centered at 1066.56nm with 3dB bandwidth less than 0.32 nm, and the nonlinearity suppression ratio was more than 39dB. Beam quality of Mx2 and M2y were 1.55 and 1.75 at 982 W, respectively. The laser performance indicated that Nufern-20/400-8M Yb-doped aluminophosphosilicate ternary laser fiber is highly competitive for industry fiber laser use.