Abstract

A novel cladding pumped Nd3+ fiber laser operating in an enhanced Q-switched regime with a stable repetition rate is described. By exploiting fiber nonlinearities in the laser cavity, we demonstrated a peak power of 3.7  kW enhanced by an order of magnitude greater than that of conventional Q-switched fiber devices. Pulse durations as short as 2  ns have been achieved.

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