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Kilowatt fibre lasers and beyond

Kilowatt fibre lasers and beyond
Kilowatt fibre lasers and beyond
Born out of the telecom revolution, the supreme attributes of rare-earth doped fibers has allowed Yb-doped fiber lasers to be power-scaled from 0.1 to several kW’s in only a few years. Remarkably, we still see fiber lasers being limited by the diodes rather than the fibers themselves, even as output powers have continued to rise well into the multi-kW regime. Despite these impressive results, high-power fiber laser development is still in its infancy with a high rate of progress. Limited investment rather than the fundamentals of the technology is the biggest hurdle to the 10 kW-level from a single-emitter diffraction-limited fiber source. Looking to the future, fiber sources are also extremely attractive for beam combining for power-scaling to perhaps 100’s of kW. Of particular interest here is the astounding single-frequency powers that have been obtained, also now approaching 1 kW. This presentation will discuss progress and prospects for high-power fiber sources, treating "simple" power-scaling as well as more sophisticated single-frequency and pulsed sources at different wavelengths. Adding the attributes of small size, maintenance-free operation, and high thermal and electrical efficiency, we see that fiber lasers have the potential to change every industry and discipline they encounter and challenge currently held views on how to make things, how to repair things, and how to destroy things.
Payne, D.N.
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Payne, D.N.
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Payne, D.N. (2006) Kilowatt fibre lasers and beyond At Photonics West 2006. 21 - 26 Jan 2006.

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Abstract

Born out of the telecom revolution, the supreme attributes of rare-earth doped fibers has allowed Yb-doped fiber lasers to be power-scaled from 0.1 to several kW’s in only a few years. Remarkably, we still see fiber lasers being limited by the diodes rather than the fibers themselves, even as output powers have continued to rise well into the multi-kW regime. Despite these impressive results, high-power fiber laser development is still in its infancy with a high rate of progress. Limited investment rather than the fundamentals of the technology is the biggest hurdle to the 10 kW-level from a single-emitter diffraction-limited fiber source. Looking to the future, fiber sources are also extremely attractive for beam combining for power-scaling to perhaps 100’s of kW. Of particular interest here is the astounding single-frequency powers that have been obtained, also now approaching 1 kW. This presentation will discuss progress and prospects for high-power fiber sources, treating "simple" power-scaling as well as more sophisticated single-frequency and pulsed sources at different wavelengths. Adding the attributes of small size, maintenance-free operation, and high thermal and electrical efficiency, we see that fiber lasers have the potential to change every industry and discipline they encounter and challenge currently held views on how to make things, how to repair things, and how to destroy things.

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Published date: 2006
Venue - Dates: Photonics West 2006, 2006-01-21 - 2006-01-26

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Local EPrints ID: 46848
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46848
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Date deposited: 19 Jul 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:06

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