A configuration of <i>N</i> coated mirrors or mirror pairs is described that has the potential to coherently combine 2<sup><i>N</i></sup> single-frequency phase-locked diffraction-limited polarized optical beams to form a single diffraction-limited beam. The application to beam combination of fiber amplifiers is discussed.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
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Gerald T. Moore, "Binary Coherent Beam Combination with Mirror Pairs," Appl. Opt. 41, 6399-6409 (2002)