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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17053–17058

Collective coherent phase combining of 64 fibers

Jérome Bourderionnet, Cindy Bellanger, Jérome Primot, and Arnaud Brignon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17053-17058 (2011)

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A new architecture for active coherent beam combining of a large number of fibers is demonstrated. The approach is based on a self-referenced quadriwave shearing interferometer and active control with arrays of electro-optic ceramic modulators. Coherent phase combining of 64 independent amplified fibers is obtained. This is to our knowledge the highest reported number of combined fibers. A Strehl ratio degradation less than 2dB is achieved with a residual phase error <λ/10 rms.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3290) Lasers and laser optics : Laser arrays
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2011
Published: August 16, 2011

Jérome Bourderionnet, Cindy Bellanger, Jérome Primot, and Arnaud Brignon, "Collective coherent phase combining of 64 fibers," Opt. Express 19, 17053-17058 (2011)

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