Abstract

In this work, we study the characteristics of self-pulsing in a polarization-maintained fiber amplifier operated with different linewidths based on white noise source phase modulation. It indicates that the self-pulsing is almost simultaneous with the stimulated Brillouin scattering process, and its threshold is increasing near-linearly with the linewidth. By optimizing the laser structure, the threshold of self-pulsing increases by a factor of 1.5. We demonstrate a high-power linear polarization and all-fiberized amplifier with narrow linewidth and near-diffraction-limited beam quality. The output power scales to 1.5 kW with the pumping efficiency of 83%. The full width at half-maximum linewidth was measured to be 13 GHz. The polarization extinction ratio was larger than 13 dB. The beam quality M2 was about 1.14 at the maximum laser power.

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