Ytterbium doped double clad fibers

Our ytterbium doped double clad fibers offers the largest single-mode cores in the world enabling amplification to unprecedented power levels while keeping mode quality and stability.

Double clad ytterbium fibers made with photonic crystal fiber technology are known as air-clad fibers and provide a range of new benefits: The extremely high numerical aperture (NA) for the pump core/inner cladding is possible, allowing efficient pumping with inexpensive/high power broad area emitting pumps.

The large mode area for the single-mode signal facilitates high power levels while avoiding nonlinearities and providing a good overlap between the pump guide and the signal guide area (= high pump absorption, high efficiency). The fibers have efficient mode and ray scrambling even for circular pump cores and the all-glass design has a much higher damage threshold than standard double-clad fibers.


  • Single-mode with large mode area
  • Handles high peak power and pulse energy
  • High NA circular pump core
  • High pump absorption with no skew-rays
  • All-glass design – no polymers – for excellent power handling
  • High reliability


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ROD_fiberFlexible fibers

  • DC-135/14-PM-Yb
  • DC-200/40-PZ-Yb

Gain modules

Flexible fibers

DC-135/14-PM-Yb DC-200/40-PZ-Yb
Cutoff ≤ 1000 nm  See White Paper
Mode field diameter (1/e2) 15 µm +/-1 µm 31 ± 2 µm
Birefringence 1.0 x 10-4 (nominal) ≥1 x 10-4
Numerical aperture @950 nm ≥ 0.5 0.60 ± 0.05
Cladding absorption@915 nm 2.30 dB/m +/- 0.35 dB/m ~ 3.5 dB/m
Cladding absorption@976 nm ~7 dB/m (nominal) ~ 10 dB/m
Core diameter 14 µm ~40 µm
Pump cladding diameter 135 µm ± 3 µm 200 ± 2 µm
Outer diameter 275 µm ± 8 µm 450 ± 20 µm
Coating diameter 360 µm ± 15 µm 540 ± 30 µm
Coating material High-temperature acrylate  High-temperature acrylate
Minimum bending diameter 18 cm 25-40 cm, depending on wavelength

The Single-Mode Advantage

All our fibers are single-mode leading to several advantages compared to standard multimode LMA fibers:

  • Better output stability
  • Excellent beam quality
  • No need for tight coiling
  • No coiling-induced mode area compression

See also our white paper on DC-200/40-PZ-Yb modal properties

The output of the ytterbium-doped DC-200/40-PZ-Yb fiber from NKT Photonics where the 1064 nm seed laser (~6 µm spot size) launch position is scanned across the input facet of the fiber. Only the fundamental mode (LP01) is present in the output beam. When the input launch position is changed the mode profile is maintained but with reduced power. This demonstrates the single-mode property of the DC-200/40-PZ-Yb.