Instrumentation, Techniques, and Measurement

Discretely tunable thulium-doped fiber-based polarization-maintaining master oscillator power amplifier using fiber Bragg grating arrays as spectral filters

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Tobias Tiess, Saher Junaid, Martin Becker, Manfred Rothhardt, Matthias Jäger

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germany

Hartmut Bartelt

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Albert-Einstein-Straße 9, 07745 Jena, Germany

Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Abbe Center of Photonics, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena, Germany

Opt. Eng. 55(6), 064106 (Jun 13, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.OE.55.6.064106
History: Received April 1, 2016; Accepted May 13, 2016
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Abstract.  Thulium (Tm)-doped fiber lasers offer a broad emission bandwidth in the 2-μm region, providing the perfect basis to develop broadly tunable laser sources, e.g., for spectroscopic applications. Recently, a tuning principle for pulsed fiber lasers has been reported, which is based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) array as a discrete spectral filter. This concept uniquely combines an unrivaled spectral freedom for tailored tuning ranges with a monolithic layout preserving the inherent advantages of fiber-integrated systems. In this study, we investigate this discrete tuning method using a Tm-doped fiber laser in the spectral domain around 1950 nm. While the laser emits linearly polarized light based on a polarization-maintaining (PM) resonator, we also examine the possibility of using standard FBG arrays inscribed in non-PM fiber. In order to highlight the prospect for tunable high-power operation, the tunable seed laser is implemented in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration scaling the average power to 28  W. With a tuning range of up to 76 nm, the emission characteristics of the system are investigated showing pulse durations down to 11 ns and a very good spectral signal contrast with narrow linewidth.

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Tobias Tiess ; Saher Junaid ; Martin Becker ; Manfred Rothhardt ; Hartmut Bartelt, et al.
"Discretely tunable thulium-doped fiber-based polarization-maintaining master oscillator power amplifier using fiber Bragg grating arrays as spectral filters", Opt. Eng. 55(6), 064106 (Jun 13, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.6.064106


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