In-fiber polarizer based on a 45-degree tilted fluoride fiber Bragg grating for mid-infrared fiber laser technology

Gayathri Bharathan*, Darren D. Hudson, Robert Woodward, Stuart D. Jackson, Alex Fuerbach

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Abstract

We report the direct femtosecond laser inscription of a 45 degrees tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) into fluoride fiber, creating an in-fiber mid-infrared polarizer. Utilizing a 16 mm long intracavity TFBG, we demonstrate a 2.862 mu m Ho3+Pr3+:ZBLAN fiber laser with 21.6 dB output polarization extinction ratio (PER), up to 0.37 W output power and 31.3% slope efficiency. In addition, we experimentally demonstrate that the laser PER is a linear function of grating length. Our results show that fluoride TFBGs are a promising route to replace bulk polarizers in mid-IR laser cavities, paving the way to all-fiber mid-infrared laser systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalOSA Continuum
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2018

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