New Research on Versatile Fiber Laser Technology Published in SPIE Optical Engineering

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Fiber lasers ― one of the most disruptive new laser technologies of the last decade ― are finding broad application and replacing more conventional lasers due to better efficiency, more flexibility, and lower cost. A special section in the SPIE journal Optical Engineering highlights the technology.

“Fiber lasers are both displacing conventional laser technologies in established applications and enabling entirely new applications because of their uniquely practical combination of optical and physical characteristics.”

Important new research on fiber laser technology, with applications in manufacturing, medicine, military, communications, and other areas, is featured in a recent special section of the journal Optical Engineering, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

“Fiber lasers are both displacing conventional laser technologies in established applications and enabling entirely new applications because of their uniquely practical combination of optical and physical characteristics,” said section guest editor Dahv Kliner of JDSU. “I expect that progress will continue to accelerate in both commercial acceptance of fiber lasers and scaling of their performance, enabled by maturation of the technology and continued innovation.”

Ongoing research has led to rapid advances in attainable power and energy, in wavelength coverage, and in temporal, spectral, and polarization control of fiber sources. High efficiency, low operating cost, high reliability, and the ability to be very tightly focused on a surface are significant advantages of fiber laser technology.

The special section provides an overview of fiber laser technology as well as focus on current areas of research, including:

  •     Fiber design and fabrication
  •     Fiber characterization
  •     Fundamental processes
  •     Power scaling.

Full-text versions of two articles in the special section are freely available for download:

Optical Engineering is published in the SPIE Digital Library, with freely searchable abstracts. Editor is Ronald Driggers of the U.S. Naval Research Lab. SPIE Digital Library articles are available via subscription or pay-per-view. The SPIE Digital Library contains more than 325,000 articles from SPIE journals, proceedings, and books, with approximately 18,000 new research papers added each year.

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 225,600 constituents from approximately 150 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010.

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