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Multi-kilowatt peak power pulsed fiber laser with precise computer controlled pulse duration for materials processing
Author(s): A. Babushkin; N. S. Platonov; V. P. Gapontsev
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Paper Abstract

We have developed pulsed fiber laser with computer controlled pulse duration and multi-kilowatt output peak power in a diffraction-limited beam. The diode laser as a master oscillator and Yb-based fiber amplifiers were used in a MOPFA configuration. The output pulse duration can be arbitrary selected in the range from 4ns to over 200ns with 1ns resolution. Pulse duration does not depend on the repetition rate and remains the same for all operational frequencies in the range from 10kHz to over 140kHz. The short length of the large mode area Yb-doped fiber was used to amplify the generated pulses to over 40kW peak power and several watt of the average power. The output pulse-to-pulse energy instability was less than 1% for all operational frequencies. Due to the single mode design of the delivery fiber, the measured output beam quality M2 was found to be smaller than 1.05. The developed laser presents a solid-state design to be used in the industrial environment for applications where primary requirements are the beam quality, high repetition rate, small pulse-to-pulse energy instability and reliable laser operation on the real factory floor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5709, Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications, (22 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.593987
Show Author Affiliations
A. Babushkin, IPG Photonics Corp. (United States)
N. S. Platonov, IPG Photonics Corp. (United States)
V. P. Gapontsev, IPG Photonics Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5709:
Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications
L. N. Durvasula; Andrew J. W. Brown; Johan Nilsson, Editor(s)

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