Abstract

We report for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, an all-fiber Raman graded-index (GRIN) fiber laser pumped by a fiber laser. This configuration points to potential future power and brightness increases. Continuous-wave power of 135 W with an M2 value of 2.5 was obtained at a wavelength of 1081 nm with an optical-to-optical efficiency of 68%. A commercial GRIN core fiber acts as the Raman fiber in a power oscillator configuration that includes fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) written onto the GRIN fiber. The efficiency and brightness demonstrated here are, to the best of our knowledge, the highest reported in any Raman GRIN fiber laser. A brightness enhancement of the pump beam by a factor of 5.6 is attained due to the transverse profiles of Raman gain and FBG reflection in the GRIN fiber.

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