Abstract

The bend-induced mode-area reduction and thermal effects are vital factors that affect the power scaling of fiber lasers. Recently, bend-compensated large-mode-area double-clad modified hybrid leakage channel fiber (M-HLCF) has been reported with a mode area greater than 1000μm2, while sustaining the single-mode behavior at 1064 nm for high-temperature environments. In this work, the lasing characteristics of a newly designed ytterbium-doped double-clad M-HLCF (YDMHLCF) have been numerically investigated for strongly pumped conditions. The doped region size is optimally found through simulations, equivalent to the size of core diameter 38μm in order to achieve maximum conversion efficiency for the bent and straight cases. Numerical simulations further confirm that a 2 m long YDMHLCF exhibits slope efficiency of 78% and conversion efficiency of 79% for the straight case and also almost the same for the practical bending radius of 7.5 cm when pumped with a 975 nm laser source.

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