A novel approach of modeling cladding-pumped highly Er-Yb Co-doped fiber amplifiers

Dan T. Nguyen, Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Shibin Jiang, Nasser Peyghambarian

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We present a new modeling method for claddingpumped highly Er-Yb co-doped fiber amplifiers. The method combines the beam propagation method (BPM) for the field propagation and nonlinear rate equations for the laser medium. The pump absorption, which is obtained numerically from the nonlinear rate equations, is used in BPM calculations of the field propagation. As a result, our method can effectively deal with difficult issues such as the multimode nature of cladding pumped schemes even in complicated structures, as well as strong nonlinearities in highly Er-Yb-doped fiber amplifiers. The simulation results are in very good agreement with experiments having different structures and different concentrations of Er-Yb. The method is particularly well suited to active fibers with low amplified spontaneous emission power, but it can also be developed further for more general cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1018-1027
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Erbium
  • Optical fiber amplifiers
  • Optical fiber fabrication
  • Optical fiber lasers
  • Optical fiber theory
  • Ytterbium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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