Mid-infrared (MIR) fiber pulsed lasers are of tremendous application interest in eye-safe LIDAR, spectroscopy, chemi-cal detection and medicine. So far, these MIR lasers largely required bulk optical elements, complex free-space light alignment and large footprint, precluding compact all-fiber structure. Here, we proposed and demonstrated an all-fiberized structured gain-switched Ho3+-doped ZBLAN fiber laser operating around 2.9 μm. A home-made 1146 nm Raman fiber pulsed laser was utilized to pump highly concentrated single-cladding Ho3+-doped ZBLAN fiber with different lengths of 2 m or 0.25 m. A home-made MIR fiber mirror and a perpendicular-polished ZBLAN fiber end construct the all-fiberized MIR cavity. Stable gain-switched multiple states with a sub-pulse number tuned from 1 to 8 were observed. The effects of gain fiber length, pump power, pump repetition rate and output coupling ratio on performance of gain-switched pulses were further investigated in detail. The shortest pulse duration of 283 ns was attained with 10 kHz repetition rate. The pulsed laser, centered at 2.92 μm, had a maximum average output power of 54.2 mW and a slope efficiency of 10.12%. It is, to the best of our knowledge, the first time to demonstrate a mid-infrared gain-switched Ho3+:ZBLAN fiber laser with compact all-fiber structure.
Mid-infrared all-fiber gain-switched pulsed laser at 3 μm
First published at:May 21, 2020
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National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61475129, 11674269), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 20720180057); Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Prov-ince for Distinguished Young Scientists (No. 2017J06016); Dr. Luo is grateful for supports from the Program for the Young Top Notch Talents of Fujian Province and the Program for the Nanqiang Young Top Notch Talents of Xiamen University.
Get Citation: Zhang X J, Li W W, Li J, Xu H Y, Cai Z P et al. Mid-infrared all-fiber gain-switched pulsed laser at 3 μm. Opto-Electron Adv 3, 190032 (2020).