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Yb/Er-Codoped and Yb-Doped Waveguide Lasers in Phosphate Glass



D. L. Veasey, David S. Funk, P. M. Peters, Norman Sanford, Gregory E. Obarski, N. H. Fontaine, M. Young, A P. Peskin, W. Liu, S. N. Houde-Walter, Joseph S. Hayden


We present experimental and theoretical results of our recent work on the development of waveguide lasers using rare-earth-doped phosphate glasses. An improvement has been achieved over previously reported waveguide laser results using the process of ion exchange in a commercially available Yb/Er-codoped phosphate glass composition. We have demonstrated slope efficienceis near 30% with output powers approaching 200 mW for 1540 nm Fabry-Perot waveguide lasers. These lasers are continuously tunable over approximately 70 nm. In addition, Yb-doped Fabry-Perot waveguide lasers have been fabricated and tested. These lasers operate near 1020 nm wavelength with slope efficiency of 67%. We have also realized arrays of single-frequency distributed-Bragg-reflector (DBR) Waveguide lasers operating near 1.5 5m by etching a grating in ion-exchanged waveguides. Each laser in the array operates at a different wavelength. The slope efficiencies as a function of launched pump power are 26% and the thresholds occur at approximately 50 mW of launched pump power. Temperature tuning of the wavelengths is also demonstrated.
Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids


distributed-Bragg-reflector, Erbium, phosphate glass, single-frequency, tunable laser, waveguide laser, Ytterbium


Veasey, D. , Funk, D. , Peters, P. , Sanford, N. , Obarski, G. , Fontaine, N. , Young, M. , Peskin, A. , Liu, W. , Houde-Walter, S. and Hayden, J. (2000), Yb/Er-Codoped and Yb-Doped Waveguide Lasers in Phosphate Glass, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created February 29, 2000, Updated October 12, 2021