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Fiber design for high-power low-cost Yb:Al-doped fiber laser operating at 980nm

J. Kim, Daniel B. S. Soh, Johan Nilsson, David J. Richardson, and Jayanta K. Sahu


We investigated an Yb:Al-doped depressed-clad hollow optical fiber (DCHOF) for cladding-pumped 980-nm laser operation. With a careful design, the nonzero fundamental-mode cutoff characteristics of a DCHOF allows the competing 1030-1060 nm emission to be filtered out, despite being quite close to 980 nm. The laser yielded over 3 W of output power in a diffraction limited beam (M2 ~ 1.09) from a DCHOF with an inner-cladding diameter of 120 μm. This is large enough for pumping with standard fiber-coupled multimode diode sources. By reducing the inner-cladding size to 90 μm, and hence, lowering the 980-nm threshold, the output power was scaled up to 7.5 W. However, we believe that the M2 -parameter degrades to 2.7, as a result of increased cladding-mode lasing, as the cladding thickness is reduced.

IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics (2007) Vol.13(3) pp.588-597

doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2007.896628

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