Pulsed fluoride fiber lasers at 3 μm [Invited]

Xiushan Zhu, Gongwen Zhu, Chen Wei, Leonid Vasilyevich Kotov, Junfeng Wang, Minghong Tong, Robert A Norwood, Nasser N Peyghambarian

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Abstract

Enormous performance gains have been made in fluoride-based fiber lasers operating around 3 μm due to advances in fiber fabrication and improvements in high-power pump diode technologies during the last decade. Pulsed fluoride fiber lasers capable of producing high-energy/high-peak power mid-infrared pulses are of significant interest for a variety of applications. Q-switched and mode-locked fiber lasers have been demonstrated with various techniques in recent years. In this paper, pulsed Er3-and Ho3-doped ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) fiber lasers are reviewed, and our achievement of pulsed fiber laser sources at 3 μm is presented. Power/energy scaling of pulsed ZBLAN fiber lasers and their potential applications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A15-A28
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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