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The rising power of fiber lasers and amplifiers

: Limpert, J.; Roser, F.; Klingebiel, S.; Schreiber, T.; Wirth, C.; Peschel, T.; Eberhardt, R.; Tünnermann, A.


IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 13 (2007), No.3, pp.537-545
ISSN: 1077-260X
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IOF ()
combining of laser; fiber laser and amplifier; high-power solid-state laser; microstructured fiber; nonlinear fiber optic

The first rare-earth-doped fiber lasers were operated in the early 1960s, and produced a few milliwatts at a wavelength around 1 mu m [1], 12]. Since the beginning of the decade, an enormous increase of fiber laser output power has been reported, the realm of kilowatt power has been entered, and power levels as high as 100 kW are envisaged. Apart from the power, fiber laser systems are renowned for their inherent compactness, monolithic architecture, and a power-independent beam quality. This paper reviews the challenges, achievements, and perspectives of highpower continuous-wave (CW) laser generation and amplification in fibers.