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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 6 — Mar. 12, 2012
  • pp: 6375–6384

On-chip coherent combining of angled-grating diode lasers toward bar-scale single-mode lasers

Yunsong Zhao and Lin Zhu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 6, pp. 6375-6384 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.006375


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Abstract

Single mode operation of broad-area diode lasers, which is the key to obtain high power, high brightness sources, is difficult due to highly nonlinear materials and strong coupling between gain and index. Conventional broad-area lasers usually operate with multiple modes and have poor beam quality. Laser bars usually consist of incoherently combined broad-area single emitters placed side by side. In this article, we have demonstrated a novel integrated laser architecture in which Bragg diffraction is used to realize simultaneous modal control and coherent combining of broad-area diode lasers. Our experimental results show that two 100μm wide, 1.3mm long InP broad-area lasers provide near-diffraction-limited output beam and are coherently combined at the same time without any external optical components. Furthermore, our design can be expanded to a coherently combined broad-area laser array that turns a laser bar into a coherent single mode laser with diffraction-limited beam quality.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2010) Lasers and laser optics : Diode laser arrays
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 26, 2012
Published: March 5, 2012

Citation
Yunsong Zhao and Lin Zhu, "On-chip coherent combining of angled-grating diode lasers toward bar-scale single-mode lasers," Opt. Express 20, 6375-6384 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-6-6375


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