Abstract

Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) generally limits the performance of short-pulse fiber amplifiers. We present the results of experiments that show that, under some conditions, SRS can extend the performance of amplifiers limited by nonlinear phase accumulation. The Stokes spectrum can be free of distortions arising from self-phase modulation and can circumvent the gain-narrowing limit of the amplifier. The generation of 1μJ and 90fs pulses from a single-mode fiber amplifier illustrates the potential of the process.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of experimental setup. A 1 , A 2 , and A 3 are Yb-doped fiber amplifiers. AOM, acousto- optic modulator; ISO, isolator; SMF 1 is the 200 m stretcher; SMF 2 and SMF 3 are 20 and 2 m SMF, respectively. The components in the dashed box were added for the second set of measurements.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra recorded at the indicated output energies. See text for details.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Spectrum of Stokes pulses at maximum energy before a second Stokes pulse occurs, after filtering of the original pulse. (b) Autocorrelation of the Stokes pulse.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Spectrum that exhibits higher-order Stokes pulses.

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