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Research on improving magnetic field adaptability of high-precision IFOG
XU Bao-xiang, XIONG Zhi, HUANG Ji-xun, YU Hai-cheng
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200239
[Abstract](255) [FullText HTML] (106)
The magnetic non-reciprocity error is one of the main factors that restrict the application of high-precision IFOG, and the error is related to the strength of magnetic field and the twist rate of fiber. The magnetic field sensitivity of fiber coil is more than 10° / h / GS due to the twisting of the fiber, even if permalloy is used to shield the magnetic field, the shielding effectiveness can only reach about 30 dB, which cannot meet the requirements of high-precision IFOG. The influence of the connection gap between shielding materials on shielding effectiveness is analysed by an equivalent circuit model and finite element simulation, the influence of the twist rate on the magnetic field sensitivity is deduced by formula. Through these analyses, the improvements that changed the connection of shielding materials from screw connection to laser welding and made the fiber de-twist are proposed. Through the measure of fiber de-twist, the magnetic field sensitivity of the fiber coil is reduced by 89.3%; through the improvement of laser welding, the shielding effectiveness is improved from 31 dB to at least 64 dB, the magnetic field sensitivity is reduced from 0.0265°/h/Gs to less than 0.0004°/h/Gs, and the bias stability of the IFOG in different temperature is improved by more than 7.5%. These improvements can improve the precision of the fiber coil in the magnetic field and temperature environment.
Random laser radiation behavior of liquid crystal in photonic crystal fiber carrier
Wu Rina, Song Yunhe, Lu Jiaqi, Gao Rui, Li Yeqiu, Dai Qin
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200171
[Abstract](631) [FullText HTML] (156)
A hollow-core photonic-crystal fiber filled with a mixture of nematic liquid crystal TEB30A, chiral agent S-811 and laser dye PM597 is pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd: YAG laser with a wavelength of 532 nm. The laser emission spectra is measured and the random laser radiation behavior in the photonic-crystal fiber carrier is investigated. When side-pumping is applied to the fiber, the emitted random laser with a wider radiation direction from the side face has a wavelength range of 590−605 nm and an FWMH of 0.3 nm. When end-pumping is employed to the fiber, the emitted random laser from the end face has a wavelength range of 580−605 nm and an FWMH of 0.3 nm. After the sample is heated to the isotropic temperature, the laser emission with both pumping methods is shut down. The experimental results demonstrate that the dye doped liquid crystal mixture in the micropore induce the random laser emission in the photonic-crystal. The change in the mean free path of photon transport and the fluctuation of the dielectric tensor of chiral nematic liquid crystals with temperature are the main factors affecting the laser intensity.
Research on ultra-low power consumption methane detection system based on NDIR technology
Zhao Qingchuan
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200140
[Abstract](207) [FullText HTML] (116)
In order to meet the needs of low power consumption methane detection technology, an ultra-low power consumption infrared methane sensor and system based on non-dispersed infrared spectroscopy is developed, which is based on the characteristics of methane gas molecules having main absorption peak in the infrared band of 3.2 μm~3.4 μm. The selection of LED and PD devices and the design of optical path are studied based on the analysis of the principle of infrared differential detection. The power consumption of infrared methane sensor is reduced to 10 mW by using LED packets of pulses current drive technology. The influence of temperature change on the measurement of methane concentration is studied by experimental method, the temperature compensation algorithm formula is obtained by data analysis and linear fitting of normalization method. The performance experiment is carried out on the detection system platform, and the basic performance parameters are given. The system has the advantages of low power consumption, anti-interference of water vapor and good detection stability, and has important application value.
Influence of Gaussian mirror parameters on LD-pumped Nd:YAG laser
MENG Pei-bei, SHI Wen-zong, JIANG Shuo, QI Ming, DENG Yong-tao, LI Xu
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200127
[Abstract](146) [FullText HTML] (65)
The influence of eccentricity and laser performance of LD-pumped Nd:YAG laser was investigated experimentally at different parameter Gaussian mirrors. Largest energy, narrowest width and smallest divergence can be obtained simultaneously only when the optical axis, laser crystal axis and Q-switch axis were in agreement, furthermore the optical axis went through the reflectivity center of Gaussian mirror. When eccentricity appeared, the energy, pulse width and divergence degraded more with smaller reflectivity radius or larger center reflectivity of Gaussian mirror. For 2.5 mm reflectivity radius and 30% central reflectivity Gaussian mirror, energy decreased 7%, pulse width increased 33%, and divergence increased 20% under 0.5 mm eccentricity. For laser performance, the smaller the reflectivity radius or center reflectivity of Gaussian mirror, the better the beam quality and the smaller the optical-to-optical efficiency. Considering the eccentricity influence and laser performance, 2.75 mm reflectivity radius and 20% center reflectivity Gaussian mirror was optimum. When the pump energy was 984 mJ, output energy of 128 mJ, pulse width of 7.3 ns, and beam quality M2 factor of 4.6 at 1064 nm were achieved, corresponding to the optical-to-optical efficiency of 13%. The experimental results in this paper can be a reference of the laser design and alignment.
Powerful iodine stabilized He-Ne laser as wavelength reference
WANG Jian-bo, YIN Cong, SHI Chunying, WANG Hanping, CAI Shan,    
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200111
[Abstract](1069) [FullText HTML] (506)
In order to meet the requirement of high output power of the laser monochromatic light source in the precision measurement, a high-power iodine stabilized He-Ne laser system with a fully enclosed, integrated structure was developed. The principle of saturation spectral detection, the method of absorption peak recognition and locking and the frequency stability of iodine stabilized laser were studied. Firstly, the basic principle of detecting saturation absorption spectrum of iodine molecular using the three harmonic method was introduced, and its mechanism of eliminating the power background was analyzed. Then, the stability of the integrated resonant cavity in the iodine stabilized laser was demonstrated, and the effects of axial expansion and lateral asymmetric deformation on the output power were discussed in detail. After that, the correspondence between the profile of laser output power and the iodine molecular saturation absorption peaks was presented, the feasibility of using the secondary harmonic signal to achieve absorption peak recognition was introduced, and the long-term locking ability of high-stability resonant cavity was demonstrated. Finally, the wavelength stability and reproducibility of high-power iodine stabilized He-Ne laser were analyzed. The experimental results shown that the standard deviation for the frequency jitter of high-power iodine stabilized He-Ne laser was 33 kHz, the stability at 1000 s and the reproducibility in three months were 4.1×10−13 and 3.3 kHz (7.0×10−12), respectively. Its absolute frequency was 3.0 kHz lower than the recommended value by the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM).
Development on High Precision CO2 Isotope Measurement System Based on Infrared TDLAS Technology
Hou Yue, Pengquan Zhang, Guanyi Yu, Huang Kejin
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA20200083
[Abstract](1110) [FullText HTML] (489)
For natural gas distribution monitoring, it is very important to measure the CO2 isotope with high precision. In this paper, the tunable diode laser absorption spectrum (TDLAS) technology is adopted to realize the high precision CO2 isotope measurement through the absorption spectrum line of 13CO2/12CO2 at 4.3 μm. The measurement system consists of a mid-infrared interband cascade laser (ICL) operating in a continuous wave mode, a long-path multipass cell (MPGC) and a mid-infrared mercury-cadmium telluride (MCT) detector. Aiming at the problem that the intensity of 13CO2 and 12CO2 absorption spectra is affected by the temperature, an MPGC high precision temperature control system is developed. In the experiment, five CO2 gases of different concentrations are configured to calibrate the measurement system, and the response linearity is up to 0.9996. The results show that when the integral time is 92 s, the isotope measurement precision is as low as 0.0139‰, which has practical application value.
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Depolarization Mechanism and Compensation Scheme of Radially Polarized Beams
YANG Ce, PENG Hong-pan, CHEN Meng, MA Ning, XUE Yao-yao, DU Xin-biao, ZHANG Xie
, Available online  , doi: 10.3788/IRLA202049.20200038
[Abstract](954) [FullText HTML] (1898)
Depolarization mechanism and compensation scheme of radially polarized beams under non-uniform pumping are investigated. Theoretical analysis shows that, for the non-uniform pumping status, the thermal induced shear birefringence caused by the thermally induced shear stress within the cross-section of the isotropic crystal is the main reason for the depolarization of the radially polarized beams. Related experiments were designed to evaluate the depolarization of the radially polarized beams which under non-uniform pumping conditions by using two methods of thin-film polarizer (TFP) measurement and purity measurement, in which the TFP measurement method is used to detect the overall depolarization of radially polarized beams and the purity measurement method is used to detect local depolarization of radially polarized beams. With a peak pump power of 1.1 kW, the depolarization measured by the two evaluation methods is 2.34% and 2.53%, respectively. Based on the theoretical analysis and evaluation results, a combination of phase modulation and spatial mode matching was considered in the design of the depolarization compensation scheme, which improved the depolarization of the radially polarized beams by 59%. Meanwhile, a picosecond radially polarized beam with a pulse energy of 19.36 mJ, a purity of 90.13%, and a beam quality M2 factor of 3.8 was achieved.
Numerical study on backward light amplification and damage in high-power fiber laser
Sheng Quan, Si Hanying, Zhang Haiwei, Zhang Junxiang, Ding Yu, Shi Wei, Yao Jianquan
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The amplification of both continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed backward signal in high-power master-oscillator-power-amplifier based fiber laser are investigated using rate equation model. The results show that the CW backward light would be amplified significantly by the high-power amplifier and thus decrease the laser output seriously. For the pulsed backward signal, the pulse energy would not be amplified obviously since the energy storage is absent in CW fiber laser. Considering the damage threshold of the fiber and devices including end-cap and fiber Bragg grating (FBG), the amplification of CW backward light may damage the FBG of the laser oscillator, and the backward laser pulse with millijoule level pulse energy may damage the fiber, while there also exists the risk of end-cap damage when pulsed backward laser incidents.
Effects of gain distribution on self-similar amplification of picosecond pulses
Zhang Yun, Liu Bowen, Song Huanyu, Li Yuan, Chai Lu, Hu Minglie
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The effects of gain distribution on self-similar amplification of picosecond pulses in a Yb-doped fiber laser system are studied by numerical simulation. Ultrashort laser pulses amplified in self-similar amplification theoretical model is established to analyze the impact of pump configuration, fiber length and total gain coefficient on the self-similar amplification evolution and laser output performance. Detailed numerical simulation reveals that the best self-similar amplification result can be found for different cases, where high-quality self-similar pulses with ~100 fs transform-limited pulse duration are obtained. It is demonstrated that the self-similar evolution speed in a forward-pumping scheme is faster than that in a backward-pumping scheme for a fixed seed pulse. Furthermore, the results indicate that for the self-similar amplifier with different fiber lengths and gain coefficients, the forward-pumping scheme shows better evolution results in lower seed energy and longer wavelength range, while the backward-pumping scheme is more suitable for the higher seed energy and shorter wavelength range.
Thermal damage of monocrystalline silicon irradiated by long pulse laser
Guo Ming, Zhang Yongxiang, Zhang Wenying, Li Hong
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[Abstract](135) [FullText HTML] (104)
In view of the thermal damage law and mechanism of monocrystalline silicon for millisecond pulsed laser, the temperature of monocrystalline silicon irradiated by millisecond pulsed laser is measured by high precision point temperature meter and spectral inversion system. Then the temperature evolution process is analyzed. Also, the temperature state during the whole process of thermal damage of monocrystalline silicon irradiated by millisecond pulsed laser and the corresponding damage structure are studied. The results of this study show that the peak temperature of laser-induced monocrystalline silicon increases with the increase of energy density when the pulse width is fixed, When the pulse width is between 1.5 ms-3.0 ms, The temperature decreases with the increase of pulse width. Temperature rise curve shows inflection point when it is close to the melting point (1687 K), the reflection coefficient is from 0.33 to 0.72. During the gasification and solidification stages, it also shows the gasification and the solidification plateau periods. Thermal cleavage damage of monocrystalline silicon precedes thermal erosion damage. Stress damage dominates under low energy density laser irradiation, while thermal damage dominates under high energy density laser irradiation. The damage depth is proportional to the energy density and increases rapidly with the increase of the number of pulses.