Abstract

A single-frequency polarization-maintaining holmium-doped fiber master oscillator power amplifier operating at signal wavelengths of $2054\;{\rm nm}$ and $2090\;{\rm nm}$ is presented. The two-stage setup delivers up to $240\;{\rm W}$ peak power and $6.7\;\unicode{x00B5} {\rm J}$ pulse energy for a pulse width of $30.2\;{\rm ns}$ at a repetition rate of $100\;{\rm kHz}$. The first amplifier stage is designed by simulation, tailored for high gain at the signal wavelength range, favoring amplification at $2090\;{\rm nm}$. The design is discussed, and the measured values are compared with the simulation. The second stage is investigated regarding the efficiency for co- and counter-pumping. Stimulated Brillouin scattering was found to be the limiting factor for pulse peak power scaling in the second stage. The measured output pulse shapes are discussed and compared to pulse shapes derived with the Frantz–Nodvik model.

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