• High Power Laser Science and Engineering
  • Vol. 4, Issue 3, 03000e31 (2016)
Haitao Zhang, Xinglai Shen, He Hao, Qinghua Li, and Mali Gong
Author Affiliations
  • Center for Photonics and Electronics, State Key Laboratory of Precision Measurement and Instruments, Department of Precision Instruments, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, PR China
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    Abstract

    High coherence of the laser is indispensable light sources in modern long or short-distance imaging systems, because the high coherence leads to coherent artifacts such as speckle that corrupt image formation. To deliver low coherence pulses in fiber amplifiers, we utilize the superluminescent pulsed light with broad bandwidth, nonlongitudinal mode structure and chaotic mode phase as the seed source of the cascaded fiber amplifiers. The influence of fiber superluminescent pulse amplification (SPA) on the limitations of the performance is analyzed. A review of our research results for SPA in the fibers are present, including the nonlinear theories of this low coherent light sources, i.e., self-focusing (SF), stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and self-phase modulation (SPM) effects, and the experiment results of the nanosecond pulses with peak power as high as 4.8 MW and pulse energy as much as 55 mJ. To improve the brightness of SPA light in the future work, we introduce our novel evaluation term and a more reasonable criterion, which is denoted by a new parameter of brightness factor for active large mode area fiber designs. A core-doped active large pitch fiber with a core diameter of $190~\unicode[STIX]{x03BC}\text{m}$ and a mode-field diameter of $180~\unicode[STIX]{x03BC}\text{m}$ is designed by this method. The designed fiber allows near diffracted limited beam quality operation, and it can achieve 100 mJ pulse energy and 540 W average power by analyzing the mode coupling effects induced by heat.
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    Haitao Zhang, Xinglai Shen, He Hao, Qinghua Li, Mali Gong. Review of fiber superluminescent pulse amplifications[J]. High Power Laser Science and Engineering, 2016, 4(3): 03000e31
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    Received: Mar. 25, 2016
    Accepted: Jul. 19, 2016
    Published Online: Jul. 31, 2018
    The Author Email: Haitao Zhang (zhanghaitao@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn)