We report laboratory experiments demonstrating a phase-compensating 70-mm-diameter aperture transceiver that comprises a hexagonally close-packed array of seven 23-mm-diameter fiber collimator subapertures. Other than the collimators, the transceiver uses only fiber optics, connected as a master oscillator–multiple amplifier. The master oscillator is a fiber-coupled 1.5-µm diode laser, which is split and fed to 1-W fiber amplifiers before it exits the collimators. To obtain a phase-coherent far field we control each subaperture’s phase by adjusting the current to its amplifier’s pump diodes in a multidither arrangement, maximizing the signal at the receiver. We achieve a diffraction-limited coherent beam combination in the far field that produces 1.4 W of power in the main lobe, in agreement with theory.
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(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(060.1660) Fiber optics and optical communications : Coherent communications
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
Hans Bruesselbach, Shuoqin Wang, Monica Minden, D. Cris Jones, and Metin Mangir, "Power-scalable phase-compensating fiber-array transceiver for laser communications through the atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 347-353 (2005)