Nufern Expands Large Mode Area Fiber Series With Short Pulse Amplifier Double-Clad Fiber - Optimized for High Pulse Energy Operation
June 22, 2003
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MUNICH - June 23, 2003 - Nufern Expands Large Mode Area Fiber Series With Short Pulse Amplifier Double-Clad Fiber - Optimized for High Pulse Energy Operation. Nufern, the largest independent manufacturer of application-specific optical fiber, introduces a double-clad fiber specifically optimized for short pulse amplification where fiber length is a critical design factor. An expansion of Nufern's large-mode-area (LMA) fiber series, this LMA fiber features a 30 nm core diameter with 0.06 NA, 250 nm cladding with 0.46 NA, and achieves a (cladding) pump absorption of ~ 2 dB/m at 915 nm (~ 6.5dB/m at 975 nm). The 30/250 fiber is available in two versions - polarization maintaining (PM), using panda-type stress elements to deliver a birefringence in excess of 1.5 X 10-4, or standard double-clad (non-PM).
According to Nufern laser fiber product line manager, Mike O'Connor, short pulse fiber amplifiers typically amplify pulses in the nano-second regime or less, are capable of delivering good beam quality, and can be considered a low-cost replacement for current Q-switched Nd-YAG lasers that are widely used in materials processing, LIDAR and range finding applications.
In short pulse laser applications, fiber length is a critical issue due to very high peak powers - which is in contrast to the high average power that the rest of our LMA fibers are optimized to deliver, says O'Connor. We designed the new 30/250 LMA fiber with this market in mind. The high pump absorption (dB/m) enables very short, fiber amplifier lengths without sacrificing efficiency. As with all the fibers in our LMA series, short pulse fiber is available in a PM format allowing our double-clad fibers to operate with a stable single polarization output which is highly desirable for a range of short pulse amplifier designs.
Nufern is the largest independent manufacturer of highly engineered, application-specific optical fiber (ASOF) for components and systems serving the telecommunications, industrial, medical, and aerospace industries. With manufacturing facilities located at its headquarters in East Granby, Connecticut, USA, Nufern is able to engineer, make, support, and deliver large volumes of commercial-grade ASOF to customers around the world. Nufern products include double clad, PM gyroscope, erbium-doped fiber, polarization maintaining fiber, specialty multimode, lanar waveguide fiber, select cut-off single-mode fiber, photosensitive fiber, RGB fiber, ultra-high numerical aperture fiber, as well as, metalized fibertails, specialty coatings and custom designs. For more information, call toll-free, (866) 466-0214, or visit www.nufern.com.
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