Spectral narrowing and stabilization of 10-W broad-area laser with fiber pump delivery system (Conference Presentation)
The emission spectrum of a 10-W commercial broad-area laser was narrowed and stabilized by coupling a portion of its far-field emission to a single-mode fiber Bragg grating. The feedback produced in this external cavity configuration stabilized the peak wavelength of the laser with respect to temperature and produced a narrow spectrum compatible with pumping ytterbium-doped fiber lasers. The spectral narrowing was achieved at multiple far field locations and stabilized over a wide temperature band, indicating a robust and manufacturable design. This proof-of-concept experiment can be translated into a pump delivery fiber configuration that integrates the diode feedback into a pump system package for spectrally bright pumping.