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Theory Of Operation Of Three- And Four-Level Fiber Amplifiers And Sources
Author(s): M. J. F. Digonnet
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Paper Abstract

We review theoretical models of fiber amplifiers, resonant fiber lasers and superfluorescent fiber lasers made of a single mode laser fiber, for example a silica fiber doped with a rare earth laser ion. The quantities which are investigated are the optical gain, the threshold and conversion efficiency in fiber sources, and the spectral narrowing in superfluorescent sources. These models take into account the nature of the laser transition (i.e. 3- or 4-level), the potential presence of pump ESA, and the guided nature of the pump and signal waves interacting along the fiber. The emphasis is placed on the development of simple, closed-form expressions for these quantities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 1990
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 1171, Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers, (15 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963135
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M. J. F. Digonnet, Stanford University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1171:
Fiber Laser Sources and Amplifiers
Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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