In a similar manner to high power Yb fiber lasers, thulium-doped fiber lasers have followed a path of development towards high powers and efficiencies driven by advances in fiber production and high power diode pump technology. This presentation will summarize the current state-of the art in Tm fiber laser development, identify many of their future application areas, and outlining the challenges in development still needing to be resolved.

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