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Mitigation of mode instabilities by dynamic excitation of fiber modes

: Otto, Hans-Jürgen; Jauregui, Cesar; Stutzki, Fabian; Jansen, Florian; Limpert, Jens; Tünnermann, Andreas


Hendow, S.T. (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Fiber Lasers X. Technology, Systems, and Applications : San Francisco, California, USA; February 02, 2013
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2013 (Proceedings of SPIE 8601)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-9370-5
Paper 86010A
Conference "Fiber Lasers - Technology, Systems, and Applications" <10, 2013, San Francisco/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOF ()

By dynamically varying the power content of the excited fiber modes of the main amplifier of a fiber-based MOPA system at high average output power levels, it was possible to mitigate mode instabilities to a large extent. In order to achieve the excitation variation, we used an acousto-optic deflector in front of the Yb-doped rod-type fiber. Therewith, it was possible to significantly increase both the average and the instantaneous minimum power content of the fundamental mode. This, consequently, led to a substantial improvement of the beam quality and pointing stability at power levels well beyond the threshold of mode instabilities.