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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1908–1910

Light flowers from coherent vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser arrays

Y. Yadin, J. Scheuer, Y. Gross, and M. Orenstein  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 21, pp. 1908-1910 (2002)

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Emission of symmetric flower-shaped light patterns from coherently locked hexagonal vertical-cavity semiconductor laser arrays is reported. The flower patterns preserve their shape while propagating in free space. The emission of these unique light distributions is explained as being due to the combined effects of thermal lensing and the loss patterns employed for array definition. A theoretical model for strongly coupled arrays matches the results.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2010) Lasers and laser optics : Diode laser arrays
(350.6830) Other areas of optics : Thermal lensing

Y. Yadin, J. Scheuer, Y. Gross, and M. Orenstein, "Light flowers from coherent vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser arrays," Opt. Lett. 27, 1908-1910 (2002)

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