Abstract

Applications of high power lasers and amplifiers have been increasing because of its superior properties such as high wall-plug efficiency, excellent beam quality, and reliability [1]. Despite advances in high power fiber components, there is still component reliability based challenges on extraction process of unwanted cladding light [2]. There are several techniques to extract the cladding light from the fiber laser system such as high index polymer coating that of working principle is violating the total internal reflection [2], roughened cladding surface which uses the scattering to eliminate the cladding light [3], soft metal coating to absorb the cladding light [4] and CO2 laser processing of cladding to disturb the light path with the structural manipulations and strip the unwanted light from these structures. There are some limitations for each case. The high index polymer CLS are limited by the thermal degradation of recoated polymer [4]. For the roughened or etching CLS, even though very high attenuations levels were achieved, the roughing or etching process decrease the fiber strength. This could create undesired problems such as heat localization and microcrack formation on cladding wall. Here, we present novel method for practical, robust, compact, and all glass cladding light stripper fabrication on Ytterbium (Yb) doped octagonally shaped double clad fiber (DCF).

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