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Several hundred kHz repetition rate nanosecond pulses amplification in Er–Yb co-doped fiber amplifier

Research paper by Weiqiang Yang, Ke Yin, Bin Zhang, Guanghui Xue, Jing Hou

Indexed on: 23 Oct '13Published on: 23 Oct '13Published in: Applied Physics B



Abstract

We have experimentally investigated several hundred kHz repetition rate 1,550-nm nanosecond pulses amplification in Er–Yb co-doped fiber amplifier (EYDFA). The experimental setup has three stage fiber amplifiers. At the output of the second stage EYDFA, Yb3+ ions induced amplified spontaneous emission (Yb-ASE) is not observed owing to the low pump power. In the third stage EYDFA, a simultaneously seeded 1,064-nm continuous-wave laser is used to control Yb-ASE. Without any additional 1,064-nm signal, significantly backward Yb-ASE which caused loss-induced heat accumulation at the input port of the pump combiner can be observed. The monitored temperature at the input port of the pump combiner rapidly grows from 30 to 80 °C when the pump power is turned from 20 to 32 W. When a 196-mW forward 1,064-nm laser is added, the monitored backward Yb-ASE power is significantly declined, and the monitored temperature is kept below 35 °C. But, the additional signal caused a large power fraction at 1,064 nm in the output laser. In our experiment at the maximum pump power of 48.5 W, the total output power is 20 W with ~6.4-W 1,550-nm pulsed laser and ~13-W 1,064-nm continuous-wave laser.