We report coherent combining of a record 32 PM fibers. Strehl degrades by <1dB and phase error is <λ/50. The use of a 2D fiberarray as the beamformer makes this approach scalable to >1000 fibers.
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(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
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(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
C. X. Yu, J. E. Kansky, S. E. Shaw, D. V. Murphy, and C. Higgs, "Coherent Beam Combining of a Large Number of PM Fibers in a 2D Fiberarray," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2006), paper CThAA6.
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