Abstract

We propose and demonstrate an all-fiber self-Q-switched erbium laser system that is saturable-absorber Q switched by the mismatch of the mode-field areas in the resonator and stabilized with a saturable-amplifier pump switch. Sequential pulses with a pulse energy of 8–6 μJ and a pulse duration of 80–320 ns, corresponding to a pulse repetition rate of 0.25–1 kHz, were obtained using a cw 980 nm laser-diode pump. A peak pulse power of near 100 W was achieved.

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