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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 25 — Dec. 11, 2006
  • pp: 12015–12021

First experimental demonstration of self-synchronous phase locking of an optical array

T. M. Shay, Vincent Benham, J. T. Baker, Benjamin Ward, Anthony D. Sanchez, Mark A. Culpepper, D. Pilkington, Justin Spring, Douglas J. Nelson, and Chunte A. Lu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 25, pp. 12015-12021 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.012015


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Abstract

A novel, highly accurate, all electronic technique for phase locking arrays of optical fibers is demonstrated. We report the first demonstration of the only electronic phase locking technique that doesn’t require a reference beam. The measured phase error is λ/20. Excellent phase locking has been demonstrated for fiber amplifier arrays.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 20, 2006
Published: December 11, 2006

Citation
T. M. Shay, Vincent Benham, J. T. Baker, Benjamin Ward, Anthony D. Sanchez, Mark A. Culpepper, D. Pilkington, Justin Spring, Douglas J. Nelson, and Chunte A. Lu, "First experimental demonstration of self-synchronous phase locking of an optical array," Opt. Express 14, 12015-12021 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-25-12015


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