A high-power diode-cladding-pumped Ho-doped fluoride glass fiber laser operating in cascade mode is demonstrated. The 5|6 -> 5|7 and 5|7 -> 5|8 laser transitions produced 0:77W at a measured slope efficiency of 12.4% and 0:24Wat a measured slope efficiency of 5.2%, respectively. Using a long fiber length, which forced a large threshold for the 5|7 -> 5|8 transition, a wavelength of 3:002 µm was measured at maximum output power, making this system the first watt-level fiber laser operating in the mid-IR.
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