The first reference beam free phase-locking of a high-power fiber amplifier array is reported. We also present a theoretical model predicting that it is possible to phase over 100 elements using this technique.
© 2008 The Optical Society
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining
T. M. Shay, J. T. Baker, C. A. Robin, C. Vergien, C. Zeringue, D. Gallant, T. J. Bronder, D. Pilkington, C. A. Lu, and A. D. Sanchez, "Electronic Beam Combination of Fiber Amplifier Arrays," in Frontiers in Optics 2008/Laser Science XXIV/Plasmonics and Metamaterials/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2008), paper FWG1.
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