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

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1995

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1988

1986

C. Lin, J. Lightwave Technol. 4, 1103 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Agrawal, G. P.

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1995).

Barber, P. R.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Bar-Joseph, I.

Carman, R. J.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Chernikov, S. V.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Davydov, B. L.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

Daws, J. M.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Fomin, V. V.

V. P. Gapontsev, V. V. Fomin, and I. E. Samartsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 209–210.

Friesem, A. A.

Gapontsev, D. V.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

Gapontsev, V. P.

V. P. Gapontsev, V. V. Fomin, and I. E. Samartsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 209–210.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Hanna, D. C.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Lichtman, E.

Lin, C.

C. Lin, J. Lightwave Technol. 4, 1103 (1986).
[CrossRef]

MacKechnie, C. J.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Pask, H. M.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Platonov, N. S.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Samartsev, I. E.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

V. P. Gapontsev, V. V. Fomin, and I. E. Samartsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 209–210.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

Taylor, J. R.

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

Tropper, A. C.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Waarts, R. G.

Zhu, Y.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron.

H. M. Pask, R. J. Carman, D. C. Hanna, A. C. Tropper, C. J. MacKechnie, P. R. Barber, and J. M. Daws, IEEE J. Sel. Topics Quantum Electron. 1, 2 (1995).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

C. Lin, J. Lightwave Technol. 4, 1103 (1986).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Other

G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic, San Diego, Calif., 1995).

S. V. Chernikov, J. R. Taylor, D. V. Gapontsev, B. L. Davydov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 529–530.

S. V. Chernikov, Y. Zhu, J. R. Taylor, N. S. Platonov, I. E. Samartsev, and V. P. Gapontsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), p. 210.

M. J. F. Digonnet, ed., Rare Earth Doped Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers (Dekker, New York, 1993).

V. P. Gapontsev, V. V. Fomin, and I. E. Samartsev, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 9 of 1996 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1996), pp. 209–210.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of the laser, showing different pumping schemes and feedback controls used in the experiments. HT, high transmission.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Pulse shape at the output of the Q-switched laser (the horizontal scale is 10  ns/division) and (b) a typical output pulse train.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Output spectrum of the Yb laser on a linear scale. The spectrum corresponds to that from the configuration shown in Fig.  1(b) pumped in both directions by laser diodes. The associated average output power is 450  mW. The strongest peak near 1.06 µm is beyond the scale and has an intensity of 0.23  mW/nm. (b) The same spectrum but shown on a logarithmic scale over a wider spectral range, 0.35–1.75 µm.

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