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Fibre-bulk hybrid lasers

Fibre-bulk hybrid lasers
Fibre-bulk hybrid lasers
Cladding-pumped fiber lasers are becoming increasingly attractive for high power generation due to their high efficiency and immunity from thermal effects. However, due their small core size and long device length, pulse energies are rather limited. In contrast, conventional ‘bulk’ solid-state lasers offer the prospect of much higher pulse energies, but suffer from detrimental thermal effects which can degrade beam quality and efficiency. An alternative strategy for scaling output power and pulse energy, which is attracting growing interest, is to use a hybrid laser scheme. In this approach, the fiber laser is used as a high-brightness source for in-band pumping of a bulk solid-state laser. One of the main attractions of the fiber-bulk hybrid laser scheme is that most of the heat generated via quantum defect heating is deposited in the fiber, and thermal effects in the bulk laser are dramatically reduced leading to the prospect of much improved efficiency, beam quality, higher average output power and higher pulse energy. This approach has already been successfully applied to a number of different solid-state lasers operating in the eyesafe wavelength regimes around 1.6µm and 2µm. In this presentation, we describe recent progress in the development of high-power fiber pump sources for hybrid lasers, and we will report on recent developments in power scaling of hybrid lasers in cw and in pulsed modes of operation.
Clarkson, W.A.
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Clarkson, W.A.
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Clarkson, W.A. (2005) Fibre-bulk hybrid lasers. 2nd Symposium on Infrared Materials and Technologies, United States. 21 - 22 Nov 2005.

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Abstract

Cladding-pumped fiber lasers are becoming increasingly attractive for high power generation due to their high efficiency and immunity from thermal effects. However, due their small core size and long device length, pulse energies are rather limited. In contrast, conventional ‘bulk’ solid-state lasers offer the prospect of much higher pulse energies, but suffer from detrimental thermal effects which can degrade beam quality and efficiency. An alternative strategy for scaling output power and pulse energy, which is attracting growing interest, is to use a hybrid laser scheme. In this approach, the fiber laser is used as a high-brightness source for in-band pumping of a bulk solid-state laser. One of the main attractions of the fiber-bulk hybrid laser scheme is that most of the heat generated via quantum defect heating is deposited in the fiber, and thermal effects in the bulk laser are dramatically reduced leading to the prospect of much improved efficiency, beam quality, higher average output power and higher pulse energy. This approach has already been successfully applied to a number of different solid-state lasers operating in the eyesafe wavelength regimes around 1.6µm and 2µm. In this presentation, we describe recent progress in the development of high-power fiber pump sources for hybrid lasers, and we will report on recent developments in power scaling of hybrid lasers in cw and in pulsed modes of operation.

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e-pub ahead of print date: November 2005
Venue - Dates: 2nd Symposium on Infrared Materials and Technologies, United States, 2005-11-21 - 2005-11-22

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/76413
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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:40

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