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Experimental investigation of transverse mode instabilities in a double-pass Yb-doped rod-type fiber amplifier
Author(s): Christoph Stihler; Hans-Jürgen Otto; Cesar Jauregui; Jens Limpert; Andreas Tünnermann
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Paper Abstract

The phenomenon of transverse mode instabilities (TMI) is currently the most limiting effect for the scaling of the average output power of fiber laser systems with nearly diffraction-limited beam quality. Even though a significant amount of knowledge on TMI in single-pass fiber amplifiers has been generated in the last years, relatively little is known about this effect in multi-pass amplifiers and oscillators. In this contribution TMI is experimentally investigated in a double-pass fiber amplifier, for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The TMI threshold was found to be significantly lower in the double-pass configuration than in the single-pass arrangement. Furthermore, the investigations unveiled a complex dynamic behavior of the instabilities in the double-pass fiber amplifier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10083, Fiber Lasers XIV: Technology and Systems, 100830R (22 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252715
Show Author Affiliations
Christoph Stihler, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Hans-Jürgen Otto, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Cesar Jauregui, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Jens Limpert, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
Andreas Tünnermann, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena (Germany)
Helmholtz-Institute Jena (Germany)
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10083:
Fiber Lasers XIV: Technology and Systems
Craig A. Robin; Ingmar Hartl, Editor(s)

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