Abstract

We report on the design and noise performance of a narrow-linewidth Yb-doped fiber amplifier emitting up to 178 W at 1064 nm for possible use in gravitational-wave (GW) interferometric detectors. The novel design utilizes a specialty large-mode-area gain fiber with confined-core doping and depressed cladding, followed by a smaller-core passive fiber to improve output beam quality. We show that the free-running noise of the system is equal to or better than current Advanced LIGO noise requirements. Finally, we discuss potential improvements for long-term use in GW detectors.

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