Abstract

Conventionally, large-mode-area (LMA) fiber lasers use free-space polarizing components to achieve linear polarization output. External components, however, significantly limit laser robustness and power scalability. We demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, the first high-power all-fiber cavity single-polarization single-transverse-mode LMA fiber laser, without the use of free-space polarizing components. This has been achieved by using tightly coiled high-birefringence 20μm core LMA fiber. The lasing spectrum at 1085nm has been stabilized by a fiber grating, spliced at one end of a LMA fiber. Up to 405W of single-polarization output with a polarization extinction of >19dB with a narrow spectrum (1.9nm FWHM) and in a single-transverse mode (M2<1.1) has been demonstrated. The simplicity of a monolithic-cavity approach is highly beneficial for a number of applications, including the use of a fiber laser for nonlinear wavelength conversion and for coherent and spectral beam combining.

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Electron. Lett. (1)

C.-H. Liu, B. Ehlers, F. Doerfel, S. Heinemann, A. Carter, K. Tankala, J. Farroni, and A. Galvanauskas, Electron. Lett. 40, 1471 (2004).
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Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Proc. SPIE (2)

F. Gonthier, L. Martineau, N. Azami, M. Faucher, F. Séguin, D. Stryckman, and A. Villeneuve, in Proc. SPIE 5535, 266 (2004).
[CrossRef]

J. Anderegg, S. J. Brosnan, M. E. Weber, H. Komine, and M. G. Wickham, in Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

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C.-H. Liu, A. Galvanauskas, and B. Ehlers, in Proceedings of Advanced Solid-State Photonics, (2004), MA5.

A. Liem, J. Limpert, T. Schreiber, M. Reich, H. Zellmer, A. Tunnermann, A. Carter, and K. Tankala, in European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper CMS4.

V. P. Gapontsev, D. V. Gapontsev, N. S. Platonov, O. Shkurikhin, V. Fomin, A. Mashkin, M. Abramov, and S. Ferin, in The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, paper CJ1-1.

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Fig. 1

Calculated bending loss for eigenpolarized spatial modes of 20 μ m and 0.06 NA core highly birefringent ( Δ n = 3 × 10 4 ) LMA fiber. A picture of fiber cross section with principal axes is also shown.

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Fig. 2

Monolithic-cavity single-polarization LMA fiber laser.

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Output laser power and spectrum.

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Fig. 4

Polarization extinction ratio at different laser output powers.

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