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Experimental investigation of transverse mode instabilities in a double-pass Yb-doped rod-type fiber amplifier

: Stihler, C.; Otto, H.-J.; Jauregui, C.; Limpert, J.; Tünnermann, A.


Robin, C.A. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Fiber Lasers XIV. Technology and Systems : 30 January - 2 February 2017, San Francisco, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2017 (Proceedings of SPIE 10083)
ISBN: 978-1-5106-0607-4
ISBN: 978-1-5106-0608-1
Paper 100830R
Conference "Fiber Lasers - Technology and Systems" <14, 2017, San Francisco/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IOF ()

The phenomenon of transverse mode instabilities (TMI) is currently the most limiting effect for the scaling of the average output power of fiber laser systems with nearly diffraction-limited beam quality. Even though a significant amount of knowledge on TMI in single-pass fiber amplifiers has been generated in the last years, relatively little is known about this effect in multi-pass amplifiers and oscillators. In this contribution TMI is experimentally investigated in a double-pass fiber amplifier, for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The TMI threshold was found to be significantly lower in the double-pass configuration than in the single-pass arrangement. Furthermore, the investigations unveiled a complex dynamic behavior of the instabilities in the double-pass fiber amplifier.