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Monolithic all-glass pump combiner scheme for high-power fiber laser systems

: Kim, J.K.; Hagemann, C.; Schreiber, T.; Peschel, T.; Böhme, S.; Eberhardt, R; Tünnermann, A.

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Optics Express 18 (2010), Nr.12, S.13194-13203
ISSN: 1094-4087
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IOF ()
laser; laser optics

We report on an integrated all-glass pump combiner for ytterbium-doped high power fiber lasers. The combining of multiple pump fibers with an active double clad fiber for high power amplification was successfully achieved by splicing them to a dichromatically coated planar convex lens. The measured coupling efficiency of such a combining scheme was typically in excess of 80%, with 86.5% achieved in maximum. Theoretical analysis is discussed in order to get optimized parameters and to consider the scaling of this type of coupler to higher average powers.