The authors report experimentally observed qualitative changes of the waveguiding properties in ytterbium-doped fibers with high concentration of doping when the fibers are optically pumped with light at the 975 nm wavelength. They found that when concentration of Yb2 O3 in a single-mode fiber exceeds ∼10 wt. % and the pump power is gradually increased, the fiber first looses index-induced guidance, and then regains guidance as the population inversion in Yb+3 ions becomes sufficient for gain guiding. The associated variation of the mode-field diameter is a practically important effect that will complicate design and operation of fiber lasers and amplifiers based on highly Yb-doped glass.
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