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Large mode area fibers for high power laser operation based on solid- and air-microstructured cores
Author(s): A. Tuennermann; S. Hoefer; A. Liem; J. Limpert; M. Reich; F. Roeser; T. Schreiber; H. Zellmer
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Paper Abstract

In the last years a dramatic increase of the output power of rare-earth-doped fiber lasers and amplifiers with diffraction limited beam quality has been observed. These demonstrates impressively that fiber lasers and amplifiers are an attractive and power scalable solid-state laser concept. The main limiting factors for the laser output power are the damage of the fiber ends, heating of the fiber due to the quantum defect and nonlinear effects. To overcome these problems, an increasing of the core diameter and keeping the fiber single mode, by using solid core step-index large-mode-area fibers, allow the power scaling beyond 1 kW at diffraction limited beam quality. A further scaling is possible by using novel highly doped air-clad photonic crystal fibers with increased mode field diameters of the active core. This type of fibers has several new preferable features. In our contribution we will discuss the advantages of microstructured fibers to reduce nonlinear effects inside the fiber and the possibility to scale the output power of fiber lasers and amplifiers with excellent beam quality. We also show experiments with pulsed fiber amplifier systems using these microstructured large mode area fibers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5709, Fiber Lasers II: Technology, Systems, and Applications, (22 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.594514
Show Author Affiliations
A. Tuennermann, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
S. Hoefer, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
A. Liem, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
J. Limpert, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
Univ. Bordeaux 1 (France)
M. Reich, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
F. Roeser, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
T. Schreiber, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)
H. Zellmer, Friedrich Schiller Univ. Jena (Germany)

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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