Efficient single-mode operation of a cladding-pumped ytterbium-doped helical-core fiber laser


Wang, P., Cooper, L.J., Sahu, J.K. and Clarkson, W.A. (2006) Efficient single-mode operation of a cladding-pumped ytterbium-doped helical-core fiber laser. Optics Letters, 31, (2), 226-228. (doi:10.1364/OL.31.000226).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000226

Description/Abstract

A novel approach to achieving robust single-spatial-mode operation of cladding-pumped fiber lasers with multimode cores is reported. The approach is based on the use of a fiber geometry in which the core has a helical trajectory within the inner cladding to suppress laser oscillation on higher-order modes. In a preliminary proof-of-principle study, efficient single-mode operation of a cladding-pumped ytterbium-doped helical-core fiber laser with a 30μm diameter core and a numerical aperture of 0.087 has been demonstrated.

The laser yielded 60.4 W of output at 1043 nm in a beam with M2<1.4 for 92.6 W launched pump power from a diode stack at 976 nm. The slope efficiency at pump powers well above threshold was 84%, which compares favorably with the slope efficiencies achievable with conventional straight-core Yb-doped double-clad fiber lasers.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0146-9592 (print)
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Keywords: lasers and laser optics, diode-pumped, fiber, single-mode
Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy > Quantum, Light and Matter
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 39303
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2014 15:21
Research Funder: EPSRC
Projects:
Unknown (EP/C515668/1)
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/C515668/1)
UNSPECIFIED to UNSPECIFIED
Contact Email Address: cs@phys.soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/39303

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