3rd Edition

Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers

Edited By Michel J.F. Digonnet Copyright 2025
    776 Pages 410 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book provides an examination of the theories, operating characteristics, and current technology of main fiber laser and amplifier devices based on rare-earth-doped silica and fluorozirconate fibers. It describes the principles, designs, and properties of the erbium-doped fiber amplifier and its role as the cornerstone component in optical communication systems.

    Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers, Third Edition contains new and revised material reflecting major developments in academia and industry. The book discusses the theories, fabrication techniques, physical properties, operating characteristics, and current and advanced technologies associated with fiber laser and amplifier devices. The authors also present discussion on Q-switch fiber lasers, principles of mode-locked fiber lasers and applications, high power Yb-doped fiber lasers, visible fluoride fiber lasers, Tm-doped mode-locked fiber lasers at 2um, Ho-doped mode-locked fiber lasers, and 1.3um fiber amplifiers.  Optical properties of rare-earth-doped glasses and rare-earth-doped infrared-transmitting glass fibers are described as well as CW silica fiber lasers and broadband fiber sources. Finally, erbium-doped fiber amplifiers including basic physics, characteristics, and recent advances are discussed.

    This book is intended for laser and optical engineers, telecommunication engineers, network and system engineers, applied physicists, and electronic engineers.

    Chapter 1: Rare-Earth-Doped Silica Fiber Fabrication 

    Chapter 2: Optical and Electronic Properties of Rare-Earth Ions in Glasses

    Chapter 3: Basics of Continuous-Wave Silica Fiber Lasers

    Chapter 4: Visible Fluoride Fiber Lasers 

    Chapter 5: Single-Frequency Fiber Lasers 

    Chapter 7: Q-switched Fiber Lasers

    Chapter 8: Specialty Large-Core Fibers For Power Scaling

    Chapter 9: High-Power Single-Mode Ytterbium-Doped Fiber Lasers

    Chapter 10: Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers

    Chapter 11: Thulium-Doped Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers at 2 µm

    Chapter 12: Rare-Earth-Doped Infrared-Transmitting Glass Fibers 

    Chapter 13: Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers: Basic Physics and Characteristics

    Chapter 14: Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers: Recent Advances

    Chapter 15: Few-Mode Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers

    Chapter 16: High-Performance Ultrashort-Pulse Fiber Lasers


    Michel Digonnet is a professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. His research activities center mostly on advanced fiber-based sensors, in particular fiber optic gyroscopes, fiber hydrophones and microphones, and strain sensors.