A detailed study of phase-locked and non-phase-locked radial laser arrays is presented. The closed-form propagation expressions for the beamlets and the resulting beam are given, which enable us to study beam propagation properties of radial laser arrays for both phase-locked and non-phase-locked cases. Numerical calculation examples are given to illustrate the application of our analytical results and the differences between phase-locked and non-phase-locked radial arrays.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 20, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 15, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2000
Published: November 1, 2000
Baida Lü and Hong Ma, "Beam propagation properties of radial laser arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2005-2009 (2000)