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Current developments in high-power, monolithic, polarization maintaining fiber amplifiers for coherent beam combining applications
Author(s): D. P. Machewirth; Q. Wang; B. Samson; K. Tankala; M. O'Connor; M. Alam
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Paper Abstract

Monolithic, all-fiber PM optical amplifiers have been investigated regarding components performance, amplifier design and narrow line-width amplification. PM-based components performed very well, the pump/signal combiner in particular handling > 300W pump power and still maintaining the PER of the input signal. A co-pumped amplifier configuration was chosen based on reliability and potential SBS mitigation (i.e. fiber length after the active fiber output). This system based on PLMA-YDF - 25/400 fiber appeared to give the best output power (155W-177W, depending on the length of passive delivery fiber), PER (~ 17 dB) and excellent beam quality (M2= 1.1). Altering the fiber temperature and length were necessary to provide the best results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6453, Fiber Lasers IV: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 64531F (22 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.712691
Show Author Affiliations
D. P. Machewirth, Nufern (United States)
Q. Wang, Nufern (United States)
B. Samson, Nufern (United States)
K. Tankala, Nufern (United States)
M. O'Connor, Nufern (United States)
M. Alam, Nufern (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6453:
Fiber Lasers IV: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Donald J. Harter; Andreas Tünnermann; Jes Broeng; Clifford Headley, Editor(s)

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