Two ytterbium-doped fiber lasers exhibiting quantum defects of less than 1% are demonstrated, in which pumping at wavelengths of 976.6 and 981.0 nm yielded lasing at wavelengths of 985.7 and 989.8 nm, respectively. The multicomponent fluorosilicate active optical fiber, fabricated using the molten core method, has spectral characteristics similar to those of fluoride glasses, namely short average emission wavelength and long upper state lifetime. A best-case slope efficiency of 62.1% was obtained, matching the theoretical model very well. With further fiber and laser optimization, slope efficiencies approaching the quantum limit should ultimately be possible. A reduction in the quantum defect may offer significant mitigation of issues associated with fiber heating. As such, this work can serve as a possible direction for future scaling of high-power fiber laser systems.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics