A diode-laser-pumped, Er3+-doped fibre laser operating at 1.57µm

Barnes, W.L., Taylor, D.J., Fermann, M.E., Townsend, J.E., Reekie, L. and Payne, D.N. (1989) A diode-laser-pumped, Er3+-doped fibre laser operating at 1.57µm. In, Optical Fiber Communication (OFC '89), Houston, US,


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Erbium-doped fibers show promise as stable narrow-linewidth laser sources and optical amplifiers operating in the third telecommunications window around 1.55µm Diode laser pumping is possible using the weak pump-band located at 807nm, although this band suffers severely from excited-state absorption (ESA), which reduces gain and pump efficiency. At the low pump power available from diode lasers the Er3+ behaves as a quasi four-level system. However, by codoping the core glass heavily with Yb3+, it is possible to excite the Er3+ ions indirectly using energy transfer. The Yb3+ provides an intense broad pump-band centered at 900nm, which reduces the effect of ESA. As a consequence of the resulting higher pump efficiency, the laser will oscillate at the required shorter wavelengths

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Technical Digest Paper TUG4
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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: 77546
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:57
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/77546

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