Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Novel Optical Fiber Lasers, R.H. Jarman, Current opinion in Solid State and Materials Science, 1, 199 (1996).
The most important area of activity in research into fiber
lasers continues to be the erbium-doped fiber amplifier for
optical communications systems; complementary activities
include work on ultrafast erbium lasers, soliton transmission
and narrow-linewidth/tunable lasers in the 1.5 um band. The
development of in-fiber Bragg gratings has contributed greatly
to progress in these areas. In contrast, progress in optical
fiber amplifiers at 1.3 um has been slow, and the future for
fiber-based amplifier technology at this and other wavelengths
is uncertain. Of activities not related to communication, the
development of new laser transitions in the 2-4 um region
has the most practical significance.
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