Previous works on photorefractive self-organizing laser cavities were about lasers that oscillate, prior the self-organization process occurs, on a set of axial modes sharing the same transverse structure. We have now demonstrated that the insertion of a photorefractive crystal can also create a dynamic spatial filter. In a well-designed extended cavity broad-area laser diode, such a filter can affect the transverse modal structure to force a laser, initially oscillating on several transverse modes, to oscillate on a single transverse and longitudinal mode. A large increase of the single-mode operating range of the laser has been observed.
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V. Reboud, P. Fournet, N. Dubreuil, G. Pauliat, and G. Roosen, "Spatial and Spectral Self-Organization in an Extended Cavity Broad-Area Laser Diode," in Photorefractive Effects, Materials, and Devices, G. Zhang, D. Kip, D. Nolte, and J. Xu, eds., Vol. 99 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2005), paper 726.
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