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Impact of Mode Filtering on the Performance of Femtosecond Pulse Amplification in a Large Mode Area Fiber
Junichi HAMAZAKI Housei MOGI Norihiko SEKINE Satoshi ASHIHARA Akifumi KASAMATSU Iwao HOSAKO
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2015/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
fiber amplifier, ultra-short pulse, Yb-doped fiber, double-clad fiber, mode filtering,
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We experimentally investigated the impact of the mode filtering technique on the performances of pulse amplification in a fiber with a large core diameter. The technique was applied to a femtosecond pulse amplifier, and was based on a large area double-clad Yb-doped fiber. The mode filtering enabled selective excitation of the lowest transverse mode with minimal contamination of higher order modes. The output pulses with 110 fs duration, > 30 nJ pulse energy (> 3 W average power), and clean spatial/temporal profiles were successfully generated. Benefits of this technique are also discussed.