We report a single-frequency fiber laser with 1 W output power at 1.5 μm which is to our knowledge, five times the highest power from a single-frequency fiber laser reported to-date. The short unidirectional ring cavity approach is used to eliminate the spatial gain hole-burning associated with the standing-wave laser designs. A heavily-doped phosphate fiber inside the ring resonator serves as the active medium of the laser. Up to 700 mW of output power, the longitudinal mode hops have been completely eliminated by using the adjustable coupled-cavity approach. At higher power levels, the laser still oscillates at a single longitudinal mode, but with infrequent mode hops that occur at a rate of few hops per minute. Compared to the Watt-level single-frequency amplified sources, our approach is simpler and offers better noise performance.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics