Abstract

A high-power double-clad Tm-doped silica fiber laser, pumped by two beam-shaped and polarization-coupled diode bars at 787 nm, was wavelength tuned by use of an external cavity containing a diffraction grating. The Tm fiber laser produced a maximum output power of 7 W at 1940 nm for 40 W of incident diode power and was tuned over a wavelength range of 230 nm from 1860 to 2090 nm, with >5W output power over the range 1870–2040 nm. The prospects for further improvement in performance and extension of the tuning range are discussed.

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Other (1)

T. Becker, R. Clausen, G. Huber, E. W. Duczynski, and P. Mitzscherlich, in Tunable Solid-State Lasers, M. L. Shand and H. P. Jenssen, eds., Vol. 5 of OSA Proceedings Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1989), p. 150.

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Figures (4)

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Fig. 1

Cross section of the inner cladding.

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Fig. 2

Tunable Tm-doped silica fiber laser setup.

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Fig. 3

Tm fiber laser output power at the maximum pump power and threshold pump power as functions of fiber length. (b) Tm fiber laser operating wavelength as a function of fiber length.

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Fig. 4

Tunable Tm fiber laser output power versus operating wavelength for fiber lengths L of 2 and 3.8 m.

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