Mikko J Söderlund

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Photodarkening is recognized as a potentially important limiting factor on the lifetime and reliability of many Yb-doped fiber lasers and amplifiers. In particular, a photodarkening process attributed to the formation of photoinduced structural transformations can induce excess loss in the doped glass core of the fiber, resulting in reduced output power(More)
Yb-doped fibers are widely used in laser applications requiring high average output powers and high-peak-power pulse amplification. Photodarkening (PD) is recognized as one limiting factor in these fibers when pumped with high-intensity radiation. We describe an approach for performing quantitative PD studies of fibers, and we present measurements of the(More)
We study the thermal bleaching process of photodarkening-induced loss in ytterbium-doped fibers. The observed power-law time dependence of the normalized absorption coefficient is well represented by the thermal decay model of Erdogan et al. [J. Appl. Phys. 76, 73 (1994)]. Using this model, we derive the activation energy associated with thermal recovery of(More)
We study thermal bleaching of photodarkening-induced loss in a 20-microm core diameter, large-mode-area ytterbium-doped silica fiber. Pristine and photodarkened samples are subjected to thermal cycling pulses. Recovery of the photodarkened fiber absorption coefficient initiates at approximately 350 degrees C and complete recovery is reached at approximately(More)
Yb-doped fibers are widely used in applications requiring high average output powers and high power pulse amplification. Photodarkening is one limiting factor in these fibers. In this paper, characterization of photodarkening in large-mode-area (LMA) fibers is presented building upon our previous work, which indicated that meaningful comparison of(More)
Fiber lasers offer substantial advantages compared to conventional solid-state lasers due to their high efficiency, compact size, diffraction-limited beam quality, tunability, and facile thermal management. A number of important applications require high peak powers and pulse energies, which has generated great interest in Yb-doped, large-modearea (LMA)(More)
Transverse photodarkening loss variations in an LMA Yb-DCF are experimentally studied. Photodarkening rate depends on inversion, which is affected by the pump induced increase and signal induced depletion of the inversion. In double-clad fibers, intensity distributions of the pump and signal modes and their overlap with the core are significantly different,(More)
We examine the effect of photodarkening-induced pump light absorption on Yb-doped fiber thermal loading. In these experiments, the fiber is cladding pumped at 915nm, air cooled by natural convection, and monitored with a midinfrared thermal camera. The fiber temperature is found to correlate with progressive photodarkening. The maximum observed fiber(More)
We report on a new fabrication method of producing ytterbium doped fibers by atomic layer deposition (ALD) in combination with the conventional modified chemical vapor deposition (MCVD) technique. An MCVD soot-preform with a porous layer of SiO(2) is coated with layers of Yb(2)O(3) and Al(2)O(3) prior to sintering, using the gas-phase ALD method. An SEM/EDS(More)