The laser performance of a short-length Yb-doped rod-type photonic crystal fiber (PCF) laser is studied experimentally both in the three-level scheme and quasi-four-level scheme in this contribution. In the free oscillation mode, the rod-type PCF laser produce 13.6 W output power on the quasi-four-level system with center wavelength of 1030 nm. The laser operating on the three-level system is obtained with the introduction of specialized feedback around the 976 nm radiation. Up to 7 W output power is generated with wavelength centered in 978 nm.
A master-oscillator fiber power amplifier system with a 4.5-m-long Yb3+-doped homemade large-mode-area double-clad fiber is reported. Up to 156 W average power of 1064 nm amplified pulse, corresponding to a slope efficiency of 64.9%, has been demonstrated. The amplified pulse possesses a pulse duration of 24 ns and a repetition rate of 50 kHz and demonstrates a good beam quality (M=2.81 and M=2.66), although no special transverse-mode-controlling techniques were adopted.