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Progress and development in fibre laser technology

Progress and development in fibre laser technology
Progress and development in fibre laser technology
High performance fibre lasers are now well established as an extremely robust and reliable technology enabling a growing and diverse number of demanding industrial and medical and applications. Compared to rival technologies, such as carbon-dioxide (CO2), Lamp/Diode-Pumped Solid-State (L/DPSS) and disk lasers, fibre lasers offer a number of unique characteristics that have resulted in their wide adoption in an increasing number of industrial sectors. In addition to replacing conventional lasers in existing applications, fibre lasers have been very successful in enabling new applications, both factors which explain their increasing market share. In this paper we describe the basic features of fibre lasers, and discuss their generic advantages compared with other laser technologies and consider how these may translate to defence applications. We explain our proprietary cladding-pumping technology (GTWaveTM) and the laser architectures we use to implement our commercial products. We present parametric performance data that show the vast range of pulse waveforms that can be produced and discuss some new industrial applications that they have recently enabled. Finally, we reference some of the leading research results for multi-kW continuous-wave (CW) fibre lasers and summarise SPIE's published work in this field.
Horley, R.
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Norman, S.
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Zervas, M.N.
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Horley, R.
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Norman, S.
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Zervas, M.N.
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Horley, R., Norman, S. and Zervas, M.N. (2007) Progress and development in fibre laser technology. Technologies for Optical Countermeasures IV: SPIE 6738, , Florence, Italy. 10 pp . (doi:10.1117/12.753171).

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High performance fibre lasers are now well established as an extremely robust and reliable technology enabling a growing and diverse number of demanding industrial and medical and applications. Compared to rival technologies, such as carbon-dioxide (CO2), Lamp/Diode-Pumped Solid-State (L/DPSS) and disk lasers, fibre lasers offer a number of unique characteristics that have resulted in their wide adoption in an increasing number of industrial sectors. In addition to replacing conventional lasers in existing applications, fibre lasers have been very successful in enabling new applications, both factors which explain their increasing market share. In this paper we describe the basic features of fibre lasers, and discuss their generic advantages compared with other laser technologies and consider how these may translate to defence applications. We explain our proprietary cladding-pumping technology (GTWaveTM) and the laser architectures we use to implement our commercial products. We present parametric performance data that show the vast range of pulse waveforms that can be produced and discuss some new industrial applications that they have recently enabled. Finally, we reference some of the leading research results for multi-kW continuous-wave (CW) fibre lasers and summarise SPIE's published work in this field.

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Published date: 11 October 2007
Venue - Dates: Technologies for Optical Countermeasures IV: SPIE 6738, , Florence, Italy, 2007-10-11

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Local EPrints ID: 443476
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443476
PURE UUID: 77d36dad-2b10-4700-977a-3edf56889664
ORCID for M.N. Zervas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0651-4059

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Date deposited: 26 Aug 2020 16:36
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 02:41

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Author: R. Horley
Author: S. Norman
Author: M.N. Zervas ORCID iD

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