>100-kW linearly polarized pulse fiber amplifier seeded by a compact efficient passively Q-switched Nd:YVO 4 laser

W. Z. Zhuang, W. C. Huang, C. Y. Cho, Y. P. Huang, Jung Y. Huang, Yung-Fu Chen*

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Abstract

We thoroughly develop compact high-peak-power Nd:YVO 4 4+:YAG passively Q-switched lasers (PQS) as the seed source of the fiber amplifier. We exploit a nearly hemispherical cavity to reach the second threshold criterion and systematically consider the thermal lensing effect and the mode-size matching in the overall optimization. Employing a Cr 4+:YAG absorber with 70% initial transmission, we obtain a 50-kHz seed pulse train with the pulse duration of 4.8 ns and the pulse energy of 22 μJ at a pump power of 5.4 W. Injecting this seed laser into a polarization maintained Yb-doped fiber, the pulse energy and peak power at a pump power of 16 W are enhanced up to 178 μJ and 37 kW, respectively. We also use an absorber with 40% initial transmission to generate a 25 kHz pulse train with the pulse duration of 1.6 ns and the pulse energy of 36 μJ at a pump power of 5.4 W. With this seed laser, we find that the surface damage of the fiber limits the maximum pulse energy and peak power to be 192 μJ and 120 kW, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1721-1728
Number of pages8
JournalLaser Physics
Volume22
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2012

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