Abstract

An expression is derived for the intensity-dependent index of refraction of a rare-earth-doped fiber laser by use of a Kramers–Kronig relation and simple rate equations. The solution is applied to examine the properties of the nonlinear index of an ytterbium-doped silicate fiber laser at 975-nm pump and 1080-nm laser wavelengths.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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