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Analytical time-dependent theory of thermally induced modal instabilities in high power fiber amplifiers

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Article number1671611
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/02/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Proceedings of SPIE
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


A time-dependent analytical model is rigorously derived which shows that the thermally induced modal instability in high power rare-earth doped fiber amplifiers is fundamentally a two-wave mixing between fundamental and higher-order modes through a thermally-induced grating imprinted by beating between these modes. We show that previously postulated movement of this grating to phase-match the coupling between the modes naturally occurs due to a finite thermal-response time of a fiber. This theory is consistent with experimental observations in that it accurately predicts the onset-like threshold and temporal instabilities in the kilohertz-frequency range.