Mid-infrared fiber lasers


Pollnau, Markus and Jackson, Stuart D. (2003) Mid-infrared fiber lasers. In: I.T. Sorokina & K.L. Vodopyanov (Eds.), Solid-State Mid-Infrared Laser Sources. Topics in Applied Physics, 89 . Springer Verlag, Berlin, pp. 225-261. ISBN 9783540006213

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Abstract:The current state of the art in mid-infrared fiber lasers is reviewed in this chapter. The relevant fiber-host materials such as silicates, fluorides, chalcogenides, and ceramics, the fiber, pump, and resonator geometries, and the spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions are introduced. Lasers at transitions ranging from 1.9 to 4 μm occurring in the rare-earth ions Tm3+, Ho3+, and Er3+ and their population mechanisms are discussed on the basis of the fundamental spectroscopic properties of these ions. Continuous-wave, fundamental-mode power levels ranging from a few mW near 4 μm up to ≈ 10W near 2 μm have been demonstrated in recent years. Power-scaling methods and their limitations, the possibilities to optimize the population mechanisms and increase the efficiencies of these lasers, as well as the prospects of future mid-infrared fiber lasers in a number of rare-earth ions at transitions in the wavelength range beyond 3 μm and extending to 5 μm are described.
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Copyright:© 2003 Springer
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/70147
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/3-540-36491-9
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