Abstract

We report a continuous-wave Er:ZBLAN fiber laser with the operation wavelength reaching 3.68 μm. The mid-infrared Er:ZBLAN fiber laser is pumped with the dual-wavelength sources consisting of a commercial laser diode at 970 nm and a homemade Tm-doped fiber laser at 1973 nm. By increasing the launched pump power at 1973 nm, the laser wavelength can be switched from 3.52 to 3.68 μm. The maximum output power of 0.85 W is obtained with a slope efficiency of 25.14% with respect to the 1973 nm pump power. In the experiment, the laser emission at 3.68 μm is obtained with a significant power of 0.62 W, which is the longest emission wavelength in free-running Er:ZBLAN fiber lasers.

© 2017 Chinese Laser Press

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