Abstract

We demonstrate selective spatial mode amplification in a few mode, double-clad Yb-doped large mode area (LMA) fiber, utilizing an all-fiber photonic lantern. Amplification to multi-watt output power is achieved while preserving high spatial mode selectivity. We observe gain values of over 12 dB for all modes: LP01, LP11a, and LP11b, when amplified individually. Additionally, we investigate the simultaneous amplification of LP01+LP11a and LP11a+LP11b, and the resultant mode competition. The proposed architecture allows for the reconfigurable excitation of spatial modes in the LMA fiber amplifiers, and represents a promising method that could enable dynamic spatial mode control in high power fiber lasers.

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» Visualization 1: MP4 (53 KB)      Mode competition of the modes LP01 and LP11a at 100 mW absorbed pump power.

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