Invited paper: Short pulse generation in mid-IR fiber lasers

Darren D. Hudson*

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Abstract

Mode-locked fiber lasers emitting short pulses of light at wavelengths of 2 μm and longer are reviewed. Rare-earth doped silica and fluoride fiber lasers operating in the mode-locked regime in the mid-IR (2-5 μm) have attracted attention due to their usefulness to spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, laser surgery, remote sensing and ranging to name a few. While silica fiber lasers are fundamentally limited to emission wavelengths below 2.2 μm, fluoride fiber lasers can reach to nearly 4 μm. The relative infancy of fluoride fibers as compared to silica fibers means the field has work to do to translate the mode-locking techniques to systems beyond 2 μm. However, with the recent demonstration of a stable, mode-locked 3 μm fiber laser, the possibility of achieving high performance 3 μm class mode-locked fiber lasers looks promising.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-641
Number of pages11
JournalOptical Fiber Technology
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • fiber lasers
  • mid-IR lasers
  • rare-earth doped fibers
  • ultrafast lasers

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