We report on a high-power single-frequency mode-hop-free fiber distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser fabricated from Tm-doped photosensitive aluminosilicate fiber and in-band pumped by an Er/Yb fiber laser at 1565 nm. The fiber DBR laser yielded up to 580 mW of single-frequency single-ended output at 1943 nm for ~ 5 W of absorbed pump power. Further scaling of the DBR laser output power was achieved with the aid of a simple Tm-doped fiber amplifier stage spliced directly to the DBR fiber without the need of an optical isolator. The maximum output power from the DBR laser and fiber amplifier was 2.9 W for a combined absorbed pump power of 9 W. The merits of this DBR laser architecture compared to conventional DBR and distributed-feedback laser configurations are discussed. © 2006 IEEE.
- Distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) lasers
- fiber lasers
- infrared lasers
- single-frequency lasers