Highly efficient Er3+ doped fibre lasers pumped at 980nm

Barnes, W.L., Reekie, L. and Payne, D.N. (1989) Highly efficient Er3+ doped fibre lasers pumped at 980nm. In, 7th International Conference on Integrated Optics & Optical Fiber Communication, Kobe, Japan, Jul 1989.


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The Er3+ fibre laser operates at a wavelength between 1.5 and 1.6 microns and is thus of interest for both telecommunication purposes and, since it can be Q-switched to give high pulse powers, in eye-safe range-finding systems. To date, ~810nm has been the preferred pump wavelength owing to the ready availability of laser diodes. However, the 810nm pump band of Er3+ suffers from the serious disadvantage of pump excited-state absorption (ESA). As a result much of the pump light is wasted in exciting ions from the metastable level to a still higher energy level, rather than producing stimulated emission. This is reflected in the best reported slope efficiency of 17%, obtained for Er3+ sensitized with Yb3+.

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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 77535
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Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:11
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/77535

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