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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 21 — Oct. 21, 2013
  • pp: 24952–24961

Phase locking in a Nd:YVO4 waveguide laser array using Talbot cavity

Kenichi Hirosawa, Seiichi Kittaka, Yu Oishi, Fumihiko Kannari, and Takayuki Yanagisawa  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 21, pp. 24952-24961 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.024952


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Abstract

We demonstrated phase-locking in a laser-diode-array-pumped Nd:YVO4 laser array (15 emitters) using a Talbot cavity. The Nd:YVO4 slab crystal was coated by dielectric material for claddings and formed a planar waveguide for the vertical mode. To stabilize the horizontal array mode, periodical thermal lenses were generated by controlling the heat flow. The phase-locked waveguide array generated 1.65-W output power, while 2.02 W was available in a standard cavity. Two-peak supermode was demonstrated with the Talbot cavity and was converted to a single peak with a spatial light modulator. We also experimentally and numerically analyzed the characteristics of Talbot phase-locking.

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OCIS Codes
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(230.7380) Optical devices : Waveguides, channeled

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 15, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 26, 2013
Published: October 11, 2013

Citation
Kenichi Hirosawa, Seiichi Kittaka, Yu Oishi, Fumihiko Kannari, and Takayuki Yanagisawa, "Phase locking in a Nd:YVO4 waveguide laser array using Talbot cavity," Opt. Express 21, 24952-24961 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-21-24952


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