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Introduction

  • Zhongmin Yang
  • Can Li
  • Shanhui Xu
  • Changsheng Yang
Chapter
Part of the Optical and Fiber Communications Reports book series (OFCR, volume 8)

Abstract

Nowadays fiber lasers are the first choice for diverse scientific and industrial applications, thanks to their excellent beam quality, high efficiency, flexible and compact structure, and being engineerable to operate in various regimes through leveraging linear and nonlinear effects in optical fiber. One of the most important operating manners of fiber laser is the single longitudinal mode oscillation, which has been intensively studied over the past three decades, owing to the crucial demands of a laser source with high-stable single-frequency operation, narrow linewidth, low noise, scalable to high-output power, and compact and robustness structure. In this chapter, we first give a brief introduction of the development history of fiber lasers, as well as the main components that form a typical fiber laser. Then the current development status of fiber lasers is discussed, and in the last part, the importance of single-frequency fiber lasers is emphasized.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhongmin Yang
    • 1
  • Can Li
    • 2
  • Shanhui Xu
    • 1
  • Changsheng Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Luminescent Materials and Devices and Institute of Optical Communication MaterialsSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringThe University of Hong KongHongkongChina

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