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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(6): 064218    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/6/064218
ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Prev   Next  

High conversion efficiency, high power density Q-switched fiber laser

Chen Xiaoa, Xiao Qi-Rongb, Jin Guang-Yonga, Yan Pingb, Gong Ma-Lib
a Provincial Key Laboratory of Solid Laser Technology and Application, College of Science, Changchun University of Science and Technology, Changchun 130022, China;
b Center for Photonics and Electronics, State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Department of Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Abstract  An acoustic-optic Q-switched all-fiber laser with a high-repetition-rate, a short pulse width, a wide spectrum, and a high conversion efficiency is experimentally demonstrated. In the laser configuration, a (1+1)×1 side-pumping coupler is introduced to perform backward pumping, and a 10/130-um Yb fiber is adopted. The acoustic-optic component operates in the first direction, achieving a Q-switched pulse with a repetition rate adjustable in the range of 20 kHz-80 kHz. Under a repetition rate of 20 kHz and a pump power of 6.76 W, the fiber laser obtains a highly efficient and stable pulse output, with an average power of 4.3 W, a pulse width of 56 ns, a peak power of 3.83 kW, and a power density of 1.39×1010 W/cm2. Particularly, the optic-optic conversion efficiency of the laser reaches as high as 64%. Another feature of the pulsed laser is that the high reflection mirror reflects the pump light as well, which brings the secondary absorption of the pump power into the gain fiber.
Keywords:  Q-switching      wide spectrum      fiber lasers      laser diode-pumped      peak power  
Received:  21 August 2013      Revised:  20 November 2013      Published:  15 June 2014
PACS:  42.60.Gd (Q-switching)  
  42.55.Wd (Fiber lasers)  
  42.55.Xi (Diode-pumped lasers)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61307057), the State Key Laboratory of Tribology, Tsinghua University, China (Grant No. SKLT12B08), and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant Nos. 2012M520258 and 2013T60109).
Corresponding Authors:  Gong Ma-Li     E-mail:  gongml@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn

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Chen Xiao, Xiao Qi-Rong, Jin Guang-Yong, Yan Ping, Gong Ma-Li High conversion efficiency, high power density Q-switched fiber laser 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 064218

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