Parasitic Stimulated Amplification in High-Peak-Power and Diode-Seeded Nanosecond Fiber Amplifiers

C. L. Chang, P. Y. Lai, Y. Y. Li, Y. P. Lai, C. W. Huang, S. H. Chen, Y. W. Lee, S. L. Huang

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The broadband parasitic amplification in a diode-seeded nanosecond ytterbium-doped fiber laser amplifier system is numerically and experimentally investigated. The amplification is originated from a weak and pulsed parasitic signal associated with the 1064-nm seed diode laser. Although the average power of the parasitic pulse is less than 5% of the total seed laser power, a significant transient spike is observed during the amplification. In agreement with the simulation, nonlinear effects caused by the transient spike limits the scaling of signal peak power in fiber preamplifiers. With the utilization of a narrow bandwidth filter to eliminate the parasitic pulse, the power and energy scalability of a multistage diode-seeded fiber amplifier laser system has been significantly improved. At 1064 nm, pulses with the peak power of 120 kW and energy of 1.2 mJ have been successfully generated in the multistage Yb3+-doped fiber amplifier with an energy gain of 63 dB and 56% conversion efficiency. In viewing of the parasitic pulse's 8.8-nm bandwidth, it has the potential to become a novel seed source for high-peak-power fiber amplifiers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1500809
JournalIEEE Photonics Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • coherent sources modeling and theory
  • diode lasers
  • Fiber lasers
  • laser amplifiers
  • novel photon sources
  • pulse shaping


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