Dr. Bryce N. Samson
VP Business Development at IPG Photonics Corp
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Author | Instructor
Publications (20)

SPIE Journal Paper | 25 August 2014
OE Vol. 54 Issue 01
KEYWORDS: Transducers, Aluminum, Wave plates, Waveguides, Wave propagation, Optical engineering, Electrodes, Feature extraction, Damage detection, Signal detection

Proceedings Article | 9 June 2014 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 9081, Laser Technology for Defense and Security X
KEYWORDS: Refractive index, Gaussian beams, Silica, Waveguides, Glasses, Laser applications, Structured optical fibers, Fiber lasers, Nonlinear optics, Optical simulations

Proceedings Article | 11 February 2011 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7914, Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
KEYWORDS: Cladding, Ions, Laser applications, Single mode fibers, Fiber lasers, Semiconductor lasers, Thulium, Signal generators, Pulsed laser operation, Absorption

Proceedings Article | 11 February 2011 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7914, Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
KEYWORDS: Continuous wave operation, Fiber Bragg gratings, Reliability, Laser applications, Fiber lasers, Laser resonators, Thulium, LASIK, Pulsed laser operation, Laser systems engineering

Proceedings Article | 4 May 2010 Paper
Proc. SPIE. 7686, Laser Technology for Defense and Security VI
KEYWORDS: Fiber amplifiers, Optical amplifiers, Optical properties, Laser development, Amplifiers, Fiber lasers, Ytterbium, Diodes, Laser damage threshold, Absorption

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Conference Committee Involvement (2)
Fiber Lasers XVIII: Technology and Systems
6 March 2021 | Online Only, California, United States
Fiber Lasers XVII: Technology and Systems
3 February 2020 | San Francisco, California, United States
Course Instructor
SC1105: Fiber Lasers and their Applications
Fiber laser technology has the potential to make a significant impact in many defense applications, from LIDAR and remote sensing to high energy laser weapons systems, in addition to numerous industrial, medical and scientific applications. This revolutionary new laser technology offers many intrinsic advantages over traditional DPSSLs and has received considerable support from key funding agencies over the last 10 years, including DARPA and the Joint Technology office (JTO) amongst others. With the aid of this funding several groups have now demonstrated small, compact and lightweight single mode fiber devices operating at the 1-10kW power level. There are research and development programs in the Air Force, Navy and Army currently. Funding to demonstrate beam combining of fiber lasers to the 25kW level is in place with programs such as RELI and Excalibur. More recently, the BAA call from the Office of Naval Research specifically calls for the development of high energy laser weapon technology suitable for ship board defense to be demonstrated on platform by 2016 and fiber technology is one possible solution being considered. Active deployment in the next decade is anticipated by some branches of the military. Widespread publications in the research community have demonstrated an impressive array of power scaling fiber laser results, both CW and pulsed at wavelengths from 1um to the eyesafe 1.5um and 2um wavelengths. Advantages associated with fiber technology are not only high wallplug efficiency leading to reduced electrical power requirements and easier system cooling, but also robustness, good beam quality, compactness and highly flexible system performance. These, coupled with (remote) fiber delivery options make the technology unique in many applications. This tutorial will cover the major aspects of designing and building a fiber laser, from the fiber itself through the various state of the art fiber components, and discussing the system parameter space that best makes use of the intrinsic advantages of the technology. Applications from industrial material processing though to defense and homeland security will be reviewed.
SC784: Fiber Lasers for Defense Applications: Fibers, Components and System Design Considerations
Fiber laser technology has the potential to make a significant impact in many defense applications, from LIDAR and remote sensing to high energy laser weapons systems. This emerging laser technology offers many intrinsic advantages over traditional DPSSLs. Widespread publications in the research community have demonstrated an impressive array of power scaling results, both CW and pulsed and at wavelengths from 1um to the eyesafe 1.5um and 2um wavelengths. Advantages associated with the technology are high wallplug efficiency leading to reduced electrical power requirements and easier system cooling, but also robustness, good beam quality and highly flexible system performance. These, coupled with (remote) fiber delivery options make the technology unique in certain applications. The topics to be covered include: an explanation of the basic fiber parameters, double-clad fiber designs and covering such concepts such as large mode area fibers, modal/beam quality, PM fibers etc.; rare earth doping and spectroscopy of Yb-1um, Yb:Er-1550 and Tm-2um; component specifications and availability (couplers, isolators, seed laser diodes etc); limitations to scaling fiber devices, non-linear limitations, damage thresholds, etc.; design rules and concepts for pulsed fiber lasers and amplifier chains, recent results from the literature; and system specifications and possible application areas, comparison and advantages over other laser technologies. This tutorial will cover the major aspects of designing and building a fiber laser, from the fiber itself through the various state of the art fiber components and discuss the system parameter space that best makes use of the intrinsic advantages of the technology.
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