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Opt Lett. 2009 Nov 1;34(21):3355-7. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.003355.

Effect of the AlPO4 join on the pump-to-signal conversion efficiency in heavily Er-doped fibers.

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  • 1Fiber Optics Research Center of RAS, 38 Vavilov Street, Moscow, 119333, Russia.


Heavily Er-doped fibers (EDFs) based on P(2)O(5)-Al(2)O(3)-SiO(2) (PAS) ternary glass have been studied. A unique feature of this glass is the formation of a AlPO(4) join having a structure similar to that of SiO(2) glass and a refractive index below it. It is found that the Er(3+) absorption and emission spectra in the PAS EDFs are defined by the dopant (Al(2)O(3) or P(2)O(5)) present in excess and are close to those of the corresponding binary glass (Al(2)O(3)-SiO(2) or P(2)O(5)-SiO(2)). The presence of the AlPO(4) join results in the enhancement of the pump-to-signal conversion efficiency in the PAS EDFs as compared with the EDFs based on the P(2)O(5)-SiO(2) and Al(2)O(3)-SiO(2) (with 1.5 mol. %Al(2)O(3) and less) binary glasses. The PAS host glass is advantageous in the case of large-mode-area active fibers.

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