Tunable holmium-doped fiber laser with multiwatt operation from 2025 nm to 2200 nm
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The emission band of holmium-doped silica fibers extends beyond 2200 nm, which means these lasers have the potential of covering considerable parts of the atmospheric transmission window between ∼2100 nm and 2250 nm. However, efficient operation toward 2200 nm is challenging due to absorption in fused silica at the laser wavelength. Here we present a holmium-doped fiber laser specifically targeting long-wavelength operation. The laser is implemented as a high-feedback wavelength selective ring cavity and is tunable from 2025 nm to 2200 nm. A maximum slope efficiency of 58% is obtained at 2050 nm and a slope of 27% is obtained at 2200 nm. A power of 5.5 W from a single aperture (8.9 W total) is demonstrated at 2200 nm. Our results represent extended coverage of the 2 μm spectral band with multiwatt-level silica fiber lasers.
Holmen, Lars Grønmark; Shardlow, Peter C; Barua, Pranabesh; Sahu, Jayanta K; Simakov, Nikita; Hemming, Alexander; Andrew Clarkson, W. Tunable holmium-doped fiber laser with multiwatt operation from 2025 nm to 2200 nm. Optics Letters 2019 ;Volum 44.(17) s. 4131-4134 FFI UiO