A multimode all-fiber Raman laser enabling cascaded generation of high-quality 1019-nm output beam at direct pumping by highly-multimode (M2>30) 940-nm laser diodes has been demonstrated. The laser is made of a 100/140 graded-index fiber with special in-fiber Bragg gratings which secure sequential generation of the 1st (976 nm) and 2nd (1019 nm) Stokes orders. Comparing different 1019-nm cavity structures shows that the half-open cavity with one FBG and distributed feedback via random Rayleigh backscattering provides excellent quality (M2∼1.3) with higher slope efficiency of pump-to-2nd Stokes conversion than in the conventional 2-FBG cavity. The maximum achieved slope efficiency amounts to about 40% at output powers of up to 12 W limited by the 3rd Stokes generation.
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