Authors: Bertrand Morasse and Estéban Plourde
We present a simple way to achieve and optimize hundreds of kW peak power pulsed output using a monolithic amplifier chain based on solid core double cladding fiber tightly packaged. A fiber pigtailed current driven diode is used to produce nanosecond pulses at 1064 nm. We present how to optimize the use of Fabry-Perot versus DFB type diode along with the proper wavelength locking using a fiber Bragg grating. The optimization of the two pre-amplifiers with respect to the pump wavelength and Yb inversions is presented. We explain how to manage ASE using core and cladding pumping and by using single pass and double pass amplifier. ASE rejection within the Yb fiber itself and with the use of bandpass filter is discussed. Maximizing the amplifier conversion efficiency with regards to the fiber parameters, glass matrix and signal wavelength is described in details. We present how to achieve high peak power at the power amplifier stage using large core/cladding diameter ratio highly doped Yb fibers pumped at 975 nm. The effect of pump bleaching on the effective Yb fiber length is analyzed carefully. We demonstrate that counter-pumping brings little advantage in very short length amplifier. Dealing with the self-pulsation limit of stimulated Brillouin scattering is presented with the adjustment of the seed pulsewidth and linewidth. Future prospects for doubling the output peak power are discussed.