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High peak-power single-frequency pulses using multiple stage, large core phosphate fibers and preshaped pulses.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Optics
1539-4522
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
5
Pages
531–534
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1364/AO.51.000531
PMID: 22330284
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

We have developed a monolithic high power pulsed fiber laser in a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration, which is capable of reaching 0.38 mJ pulse energy and 128 kW peak power for 3 ns pulses at ~1550 nm while maintaining transform-limited linewidth. The fiber laser pulse seed was achieved by directly modulating a CW single-frequency fiber laser using an electro-optic modulator. We used an arbitrary waveform generator to preshape the fiber laser pulses before amplification to avoid pulse steepening and dynamic gain saturation. Single-mode, polarization maintaining highly Er/Yb codoped large core phosphate fibers were used in the power amplifier stages to scale the transform-limited fiber laser pulses, avoiding any nonlinearities.

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