Pal, Debasis and Paul, Aritra and Das Chowdhury, Sourav and Pal, Mrinmay and Sen, Ranjan and Pal, Atasi (2018) Hybrid pumped gain-switched thulium fiber laser at a high repetition rate. Applied Optics, 57 (13). pp. 3546-3550. ISSN 0003-6935

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A gain-switched all-fiber thulium laser at 2 mu m with high repetition rate has been demonstrated under a hybrid pumping scheme combined of a pulsed pump at 1.56 mu m and CW pump at 793 nm. The in-band pulsed pump at 1.56 mu m triggers the gain-switching pulses while the CW pump at 793 nm facilitates the energy storage. Therefore, the seed cavity delivers high energy pulses allowing the elimination of multistage amplification. Such hybrid pump configuration is effective for generating gain-switched pulses of high average power with better slope efficiency and pulse width of a few hundreds of a nanosecond. The optimized cavity under such hybrid pump configuration provides output power of 5.92W from the gain-switched oscillator with slope efficiency of 60% and pulse width of 300 ns at a repetition rate of 344 kHz. Maximum pulse energy of 17.2 mu J and peak power of 53.9W has been achieved at this repetition rate. Stable gain-switched pulses at reduced pump pulse energy have been achieved by the use of a CW pump at 793 nm. This novel pump configuration facilitates gain switch at higher repetition rates where enough pump pulse energy may not be available. The gain-switched laser also operates at 520 kHz and 1.3 MHz repetition rate by changing the 1.56 mu m pulsed pump and cavity length. (C) 2018 Optical Society of America

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Processing Science
Divisions: Fiber Optics and Photonics
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 12:24
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 12:24

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