Abstract

We have discovered a new mechanism for passive Q switching of fiber lasers. 10-kW peak power pulses with 2-ns pulse widths are reported from a diode-pumped ytterbium-doped fiber laser. The laser generates a high-brightness Raman-dominated supercontinuum spectrum covering the complete window of transparency of silica fiber in the infrared from 1.06 to 2.3 µm

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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