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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1082–1084

Phase conjugate self-organized coherent beam combination: a passive technique for laser power scaling

P. C. Shardlow and M. J. Damzen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 1082-1084 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001082


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Abstract

In this Letter, a first (to our knowledge) demonstration of phase conjugate self-organized coherent beam combination is reported. A demonstration involving combination of two self-adaptive gain grating holographic laser resonators is presented. Output powers of up to 27 W, with a combination efficiency of 94%, are demonstrated. This technique coherently combines individual phase conjugate laser modules, which do not have predefined spectral or spatial modes. This removes the problem of finding shared resonator modes, which should allow coherent beam combination of much larger laser arrays than standard self-organized coherent beam combination.

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OCIS Codes
(070.5040) Fourier optics and signal processing : Phase conjugation
(090.1000) Holography : Aberration compensation
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(140.3298) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam combining
(140.3535) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, phase conjugate

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 13, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2010
Published: March 31, 2010

Citation
P. C. Shardlow and M. J. Damzen, "Phase conjugate self-organized coherent beam combination: a passive technique for laser power scaling," Opt. Lett. 35, 1082-1084 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-7-1082

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