Erbium 3-μm fiber lasers

Markus Pollnau*, Stuart D. Jackson

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With its recent breakthrough in terms of output power, the erbium 3-μm fiber laser has become an object of intense scientific research and an increasingly attractive tool for medical applications. This paper reviews the research on the erbium 3-μm fiber laser since its first demonstration. Its development is seen in relationship to the early success of the corresponding crystal laser system, to the foundations that were laid by the investigation of its spectroscopy and population mechanisms, and the recent technological developments in related fields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Corrigendum can be found in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 8(4), p. 956, 2002.


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  • Energy recycling
  • Energy-transfer upconversion
  • Erbium
  • Excited-state absorption
  • Fluoride fiber laser
  • Laser efficiency
  • Laser in surgery
  • Mid-infrared laser
  • Upconversion laser

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