Abstract

Efficient operation of a cladding pumped high power Tm: fiber laser with a volume Bragg grating (VBG) as wavelength selective and spectrally narrowing element is reported. The laser yielded over 112 W of diffraction limited output at 1988 nm with a spectral linewidth of ~12 pm for 279 W of launched pump power, corresponding to a slope efficiency with respect to launched pump power of 43.4%. No discernable difference was observed in terms of output power and slope efficiency when using a broadband highly reflective mirror in place of the VBG.

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Ban, V. S.

Bass, M.

Chung, T. Y.

Clarkson, W. A.

Dolgy, S. V.

Downs, E.

Glebov, L. B.

Häggström, I.

Hellström, J. E.

Henriksson, M.

Hoffman, P. R.

Honea, E.

Jacobsson, B.

Jelger, P.

Kim, J. W.

Laurell, F.

J. W. Kim, P. Jelger, J. K. Sahu, F. Laurell, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power and wavelength-tunable operation of an Er,Yb fiber laser using a volume Bragg grating,” Opt. Lett. 33(11), 1204–1206 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

P. Jelger, P. Wang, J. K. Sahu, F. Laurell, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power linearly-polarized operation of a cladding-pumped Yb fibre laser using a volume Bragg grating for wavelength selection,” Opt. Express 16(13), 9507–9512 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. E. Hellström, B. Jacobsson, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Quasi-two-level Yb:KYW laser with a volume Bragg grating,” Opt. Express 15(21), 13930–13935 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

I. Häggström, B. Jacobsson, and F. Laurell, “Monolithic Bragg-locked Nd:GdVO4 laser,” Opt. Express 15(18), 11589–11594 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Jacobsson, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Single-longitudinal-mode Nd-laser with a Bragg-grating Fabry-Perot cavity,” Opt. Express 14(20), 9284–9292 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Henriksson, M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “ZnGeP2 parametric oscillator pumped by a linewidth-narrowed parametric 2 μm source,” Opt. Lett. 31(12), 1878–1880 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Jacobsson, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Tunable single-longitudinal-mode ErYb:glass laser locked by a bulk glass Bragg grating,” Opt. Lett. 31(11), 1663–1665 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Jacobsson, M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Narrowband bulk Bragg grating optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 30(17), 2281–2283 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, A.

Loftus, T. H.

McComb, T.

Melnik, E. D.

Norsen, M.

Pasiskevicius, V.

Rapaport, A.

Richardson, M.

Richardson, M. C.

Royse, R.

Sahu, J. K.

Shaw, J.

Smirnov, V.

Sudesh, V.

Thomas, A. M.

Tiihonen, M.

Volodin, B. L.

Wang, P.

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

T. H. Loftus, A. Liu, P. R. Hoffman, A. M. Thomas, M. Norsen, R. Royse, and E. Honea, “522 W average power, spectrally beam-combined fiber laser with near-diffraction-limited beam quality,” Opt. Lett. 32(4), 349–351 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. W. Kim, P. Jelger, J. K. Sahu, F. Laurell, and W. A. Clarkson, “High-power and wavelength-tunable operation of an Er,Yb fiber laser using a volume Bragg grating,” Opt. Lett. 33(11), 1204–1206 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. McComb, V. Sudesh, and M. Richardson, “Volume Bragg grating stabilized spectrally narrow Tm fiber laser,” Opt. Lett. 33(8), 881–883 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. L. Volodin, S. V. Dolgy, E. D. Melnik, E. Downs, J. Shaw, and V. S. Ban, “Wavelength stabilization and spectrum narrowing of high-power multimode laser diodes and arrays by use of volume Bragg gratings,” Opt. Lett. 29(16), 1891–1893 (2004).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Jacobsson, M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Narrowband bulk Bragg grating optical parametric oscillator,” Opt. Lett. 30(17), 2281–2283 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. Henriksson, M. Tiihonen, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “ZnGeP2 parametric oscillator pumped by a linewidth-narrowed parametric 2 μm source,” Opt. Lett. 31(12), 1878–1880 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

B. Jacobsson, V. Pasiskevicius, and F. Laurell, “Tunable single-longitudinal-mode ErYb:glass laser locked by a bulk glass Bragg grating,” Opt. Lett. 31(11), 1663–1665 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Y. Chung, A. Rapaport, V. Smirnov, L. B. Glebov, M. C. Richardson, and M. Bass, “Solid-state laser spectral narrowing using a volumetric photothermal refractive Bragg grating cavity mirror,” Opt. Lett. 31(2), 229–231 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

Optigrate, “Company products,” http://www.optigrate.com/TrBG.html .

R. A. Sims, T. McComb, V. Sudesh, M. Reichert, M. Richardson, M. Poutous, Z. Roth, and E. G. Johnson, “Narrow Linewidth, Tunable, CW, Thulium Fiber Lasers with VBG and GMRF stabilization,” Proc. SPIE 7193, (2009).

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Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the laser setup.

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Fig. 2

Output power versus launched pump power (inset: F-P spectrum of the VBG locked laser output).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Typical spectral output from free-running laser compared to VBG-locked laser.

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