Abstract

Applications requiring long-range atmospheric propagation are driving the development of high-power thulium fiber lasers. We report on the performance of two different laser configurations for high-power tunable thulium fiber lasers: one is a single oscillator utilizing a volume Bragg grating for wavelength stabilization; the other is a master oscillator power amplifier system with the oscillator stabilized and made tunable by a diffraction grating. Each configuration provides >150W of average power, >50% slope efficiency, narrow output linewidth, and >100nm tunability in the wavelength range around 2μm.

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2009 (3)

2008 (4)

2007 (4)

Z. S. Sacks, Z. Schiffer, and D. David, “Long wavelength operation of double-clad Tm:silica fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6453, 645320 (2007).
[CrossRef]

S. Babin, S. Kablukov, and A. Vlasov, “Tunable fiber Bragg gratings for application in tunable fiber lasers,” Laser Phys. 17, 1323–1326 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Mehta, R. C. Rumpf, Z. A. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided mode resonance filter as a spectrally selective feedback element in a double-cladding optical fiber laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 2030–2032 (2007).
[CrossRef]

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

G. P. Frith and D. G. Lancaster, “Power scalable and efficient 790nm pumped Tm-doped fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6102, 610208 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

S. D. Jackson, “Cross relaxation and energy transfer upconversion processes relevant to the functioning of 2μmTm3+-doped silica fibre lasers,” Opt. Commun. 230, 197–203 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

1999 (1)

1997 (1)

T. Erdogan, “Fiber grating spectra,” J. Lightwave Technol. 15, 1277–1294 (1997).
[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

Amzajerdian, F.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Aoki, T.

Asai, K.

Babin, S.

S. Babin, S. Kablukov, and A. Vlasov, “Tunable fiber Bragg gratings for application in tunable fiber lasers,” Laser Phys. 17, 1323–1326 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, B. W.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Barnes, N. P.

Bass, M.

T. Giorgio, V. Sudesh, M. C. Richardson, M. Bass, A. Toncelli, and M. Tonelli, “Temperature-dependent spectroscopic properties of Tm3+ in germanate, silica and phosphate glasses: a comparative study,” J. Appl. Phys. 103, 093104 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Beyon, J. Y.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Book, L. D.

Boyland, A. J.

W. A. Clarkson, L. Pearson, Z. Zhang, J. W. Kim, D. Shen, A. J. Boyland, J. K. Sahu, and M. Ibsen, “High power thulium doped fiber lasers,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper OWT1.

Carter, A.

G. P. Frith, B. Samson, A. Carter, J. Farroni, and K. Tankala, “High efficiency 110W monolithic FBG tuned 2μm fiber laser,” in CLEO/Europe and IQEC 2007 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CJ4_5.

Clarkson, W. A.

David, D.

Z. S. Sacks, Z. Schiffer, and D. David, “Long wavelength operation of double-clad Tm:silica fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6453, 645320 (2007).
[CrossRef]

De Young, R. J.

Efimov, O. M.

Ehrenreich, T.

T. Ehrenreich, R. Leveille, I. Majid, K. Tankala, G. Rines, and P. Moulton, “1kW, all-glass Tm:fiber laser,” Proc. SPIE 7580, xxxvii (2010).

Erdogan, T.

T. Erdogan, “Fiber grating spectra,” J. Lightwave Technol. 15, 1277–1294 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Esterowitz, L.

Fan, D.

Farroni, J.

G. P. Frith, B. Samson, A. Carter, J. Farroni, and K. Tankala, “High efficiency 110W monolithic FBG tuned 2μm fiber laser,” in CLEO/Europe and IQEC 2007 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CJ4_5.

Fischer, R.

P. Sprangle, A. Ting, J. Penano, R. Fischer, and B. Hafizi, “Incoherent combining and atmospheric propagation of high-power fiber lasers for directed-energy applications,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 138–148 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Frith, G. P.

G. P. Frith and D. G. Lancaster, “Power scalable and efficient 790nm pumped Tm-doped fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6102, 610208 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. P. Frith, B. Samson, A. Carter, J. Farroni, and K. Tankala, “High efficiency 110W monolithic FBG tuned 2μm fiber laser,” in CLEO/Europe and IQEC 2007 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CJ4_5.

Fukuoka, H.

Giorgio, T.

T. Giorgio, V. Sudesh, M. C. Richardson, M. Bass, A. Toncelli, and M. Tonelli, “Temperature-dependent spectroscopic properties of Tm3+ in germanate, silica and phosphate glasses: a comparative study,” J. Appl. Phys. 103, 093104 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Glebov, L. B.

Glebova, K. C.

Goodno, G. D.

Haddock, D.

Hafizi, B.

P. Sprangle, A. Ting, J. Penano, R. Fischer, and B. Hafizi, “Incoherent combining and atmospheric propagation of high-power fiber lasers for directed-energy applications,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 138–148 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hanna, D. C.

Hanson, F.

Ibsen, M.

L. Pearson, J. W. Kim, Z. Zhang, M. Ibsen, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power linearly-polarized single-frequency thulium-doped fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier,” Opt. Express 18, 1607–1612 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. A. Clarkson, L. Pearson, Z. Zhang, J. W. Kim, D. Shen, A. J. Boyland, J. K. Sahu, and M. Ibsen, “High power thulium doped fiber lasers,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper OWT1.

Ishii, S.

Ishikawa, T.

Itabe, T.

Iwai, H.

Jackson, S. D.

S. D. Jackson, “Cross relaxation and energy transfer upconversion processes relevant to the functioning of 2μmTm3+-doped silica fibre lasers,” Opt. Commun. 230, 197–203 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jelger, P.

Johnson, E.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

Johnson, E. G.

A. A. Mehta, R. C. Rumpf, Z. A. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided mode resonance filter as a spectrally selective feedback element in a double-cladding optical fiber laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 2030–2032 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kablukov, S.

S. Babin, S. Kablukov, and A. Vlasov, “Tunable fiber Bragg gratings for application in tunable fiber lasers,” Laser Phys. 17, 1323–1326 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kavaya, M. J.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kichura, D.

Kim, J. W.

Koch, G. J.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Lancaster, D. G.

G. P. Frith and D. G. Lancaster, “Power scalable and efficient 790nm pumped Tm-doped fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6102, 610208 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Lasher, M.

Laurell, F.

Leveille, R.

T. Ehrenreich, R. Leveille, I. Majid, K. Tankala, G. Rines, and P. Moulton, “1kW, all-glass Tm:fiber laser,” Proc. SPIE 7580, xxxvii (2010).

Li, Q.

Lu, Q.

Majid, I.

T. Ehrenreich, R. Leveille, I. Majid, K. Tankala, G. Rines, and P. Moulton, “1kW, all-glass Tm:fiber laser,” Proc. SPIE 7580, xxxvii (2010).

McComb, T.

T. McComb, V. Sudesh, and M. Richardson, “Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 33, 881–883 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

McComb, T. S.

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

Mehta, A. A.

A. A. Mehta, R. C. Rumpf, Z. A. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided mode resonance filter as a spectrally selective feedback element in a double-cladding optical fiber laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 2030–2032 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Menelaos, P.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

Mizutani, K.

Moulton, P.

T. Ehrenreich, R. Leveille, I. Majid, K. Tankala, G. Rines, and P. Moulton, “1kW, all-glass Tm:fiber laser,” Proc. SPIE 7580, xxxvii (2010).

Nilsson, J.

Pearson, L.

L. Pearson, J. W. Kim, Z. Zhang, M. Ibsen, J. K. Sahu, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power linearly-polarized single-frequency thulium-doped fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier,” Opt. Express 18, 1607–1612 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. A. Clarkson, L. Pearson, Z. Zhang, J. W. Kim, D. Shen, A. J. Boyland, J. K. Sahu, and M. Ibsen, “High power thulium doped fiber lasers,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper OWT1.

Penano, J.

P. Sprangle, A. Ting, J. Penano, R. Fischer, and B. Hafizi, “Incoherent combining and atmospheric propagation of high-power fiber lasers for directed-energy applications,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 138–148 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Petros, M.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Philippe, B.

Poirier, P.

Richardson, K. C.

Richardson, M.

T. McComb, V. Sudesh, and M. Richardson, “Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 33, 881–883 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

Richardson, M. C.

T. Giorgio, V. Sudesh, M. C. Richardson, M. Bass, A. Toncelli, and M. Tonelli, “Temperature-dependent spectroscopic properties of Tm3+ in germanate, silica and phosphate glasses: a comparative study,” J. Appl. Phys. 103, 093104 (2008).
[CrossRef]

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

Rines, G.

T. Ehrenreich, R. Leveille, I. Majid, K. Tankala, G. Rines, and P. Moulton, “1kW, all-glass Tm:fiber laser,” Proc. SPIE 7580, xxxvii (2010).

Roth, Z.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

Roth, Z. A.

A. A. Mehta, R. C. Rumpf, Z. A. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided mode resonance filter as a spectrally selective feedback element in a double-cladding optical fiber laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 2030–2032 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Rothenberg, J. E.

Rumpf, R. C.

A. A. Mehta, R. C. Rumpf, Z. A. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Guided mode resonance filter as a spectrally selective feedback element in a double-cladding optical fiber laser,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 19, 2030–2032 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sacks, Z. S.

Z. S. Sacks, Z. Schiffer, and D. David, “Long wavelength operation of double-clad Tm:silica fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6453, 645320 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Sahu, J. K.

Samson, B.

G. P. Frith, B. Samson, A. Carter, J. Farroni, and K. Tankala, “High efficiency 110W monolithic FBG tuned 2μm fiber laser,” in CLEO/Europe and IQEC 2007 Conference Digest (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper CJ4_5.

Sato, A.

Schiffer, Z.

Z. S. Sacks, Z. Schiffer, and D. David, “Long wavelength operation of double-clad Tm:silica fiber lasers,” Proc. SPIE 6453, 645320 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Shah, L.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

Shen, D.

F. Wang, D. Shen, D. Fan, and Q. Lu, “Spectrum narrowing of high power Tm: fiber laser using a volume Bragg grating,” Opt. Express 18, 8937–8941 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Wang, D. Shen, D. Fan, and Q. Li, “Widely tunable dual-wavelength operation of a high-power Tm:fiber laser using volume Bragg grating,” Opt. Lett. 35, 2388–2391 (2010).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. A. Clarkson, L. Pearson, Z. Zhang, J. W. Kim, D. Shen, A. J. Boyland, J. K. Sahu, and M. Ibsen, “High power thulium doped fiber lasers,” in Optical Fiber Communication Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper OWT1.

Sims, R. A.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

Singh, U. N.

G. J. Koch, J. Y. Beyon, B. W. Barnes, M. Petros, J. Yu, F. Amzajerdian, M. J. Kavaya, and U. N. Singh, “High-energy 2μm Doppler lidar for wind measurements,” Opt. Eng. 46, 116201 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Smirnov, V. I.

Sprangle, P.

P. Sprangle, A. Ting, J. Penano, R. Fischer, and B. Hafizi, “Incoherent combining and atmospheric propagation of high-power fiber lasers for directed-energy applications,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 45, 138–148 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Stoneman, R. C.

Sudesh, V.

T. Giorgio, V. Sudesh, M. C. Richardson, M. Bass, A. Toncelli, and M. Tonelli, “Temperature-dependent spectroscopic properties of Tm3+ in germanate, silica and phosphate glasses: a comparative study,” J. Appl. Phys. 103, 093104 (2008).
[CrossRef]

T. McComb, V. Sudesh, and M. Richardson, “Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 33, 881–883 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

Szilagyi, J.

T. S. McComb, L. Shah, R. A. Sims, V. Sudesh, J. Szilagyi, and M. Richardson, “High power, tunable thulium fiber laser system for atmospheric propagation experiments,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThR5.

Tankala, K.

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R. A. Sims, Z. Roth, T. McComb, L. Shah, V. Sudesh, P. Menelaos, E. Johnson, and M. C. Richardson, “Guided mode resonance filters as stable line-narrowing feedback elements for Tm fiber lasers,” in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThN2.

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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Master oscillator schematic.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Power amplifier schematic.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

High-power oscillator schematics.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

A, Reflectivity spectrum of the VBG at normal incidence. B, VBG reflectivity as a function of the angle of incidence from normal.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

A, MO output power versus wavelength. B, Representative output spectrum and beam image (inset).

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Optimized laser slope efficiency in oscillator and MOPA configurations.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

Tm:fiber laser tunability using MOPA and VBG stabilized oscillator configurations.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

High-power oscillator output spectrum for HR and VBG, respectively.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

Volume Bragg grating spectral performance at various output powers.

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