We report the growth of ytterbium-doped yettrium aluminum garnet (Yb:YAG) crystal fibers by the laser-heated pedestal growth (LHPG) method. The characteristics of Yb:YAG crystal fibers were analyzed by electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA) and X-ray diffraction measurements. The small crystal fiber diameter makes it effective for heat removal from a high-Yb3+-concentration and quasi-three-level gain medium. The length of this crystal-fiber-based high absorption can be shorter, which is eminently suitable for a multipass ring cavity to maintain cavity stability and mode symmetry. We successfully demonstrated a two-mirror multipass ring laser with 54.7% slope efficiency, which is higher than the 50.3% for a bulk Yb:YAG laser.
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics / Volume 49 Number 12R, 49 122701, doi:10.1143/JJAP.49.122701