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Experimental investigation on varying spectral bandwidth when amplifying a pulsed superfluorescent 2-μm source in Tm:fiber
Author(s): Alex Sincore; Justin Cook; Joshua Bradford; Nathan Bodnar; Martin Richardson
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Paper Abstract

Delivering high peak powers from fiber lasers is limited by the accumulation of nonlinear effects due to the high optical intensities and the long interaction lengths of fibers. Peak power scaling at 2 μm is limited by modulation instability (MI), which is not found for 1 μm sources. This work investigates the performance of a spectrally broadband, nanosecond pulsed thulium-doped fiber laser. The average power and pulse energy performance of the single-mode amplifier delivers >20 W and ~280 μJ. A variable spectral filter is incorporated to study the onset of MI and subsequent spectral broadening as a function of seed linewidth. It is observed that MI-induced spectral broadening is enhanced for larger linewidths. However, when the seed linewidth is increased beyond >10 nm, this trend is reversed. A fiber amplifier model including MI (treated as degenerate four-wave mixing) simulates a parametric gain bandwidth of ~900 GHz for this amplifier configuration, which is equivalent to ~11.5 nm at the 1960 nm center wavelength. Therefore, the decrease in spectral broadening for seed linewidths <10 nm is due to a reduced overlap with the MI gain bandwidth. The capability to scale 2 μm fiber lasers to high powers is strongly dependent on the spectral quality of the seed. Any power initially located within the MI gain bandwidth will degrade performance, and must be considered for power scaling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10512, Fiber Lasers XV: Technology and Systems, 105120P (26 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290217
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Alex Sincore, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Justin Cook, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Joshua Bradford, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Nathan Bodnar, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Martin Richardson, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10512:
Fiber Lasers XV: Technology and Systems
Ingmar Hartl; Adrian L. Carter, Editor(s)

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