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Advances in OptoElectronics
Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 956908, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/956908
Research Article

Second Harmonic Generation Using an All-Fiber Q-Switched Yb-Doped Fiber Laser and MgO:c-PPLN

1Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4L7
2Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3

Received 13 June 2008; Accepted 26 August 2008

Academic Editor: Hiroshi Murata

Copyright © 2008 Yi Gan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We have experimentally demonstrated an efficient all-fiber passively Q-switched Yb-doped fiber laser with Samarium doped fiber as a saturable absorber. Average output power of 3.4 W at a repetition rate of 250 kHz and a pulse width of 1.1 microseconds was obtained at a pump power of 9.0 W. By using this fiber laser system and an MgO-doped congruent periodically poled lithium niobate (MgO:c-PPLN), second harmonic generation (SHG) output at 532 nm was achieved at room temperature. The conversion efficiency is around 4.2% which agrees well with the theoretical simulation.