We show that the coupled-oscillator model accurately describes the dynamics of laser arrays. Excellent qualitative and quantitative agreement is obtained between this model and the results of experiments on Nd:YAG laser arrays. Recent claims of instantaneous phase locking are shown to be in error.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 29, 1993
Published: November 1, 1993
Herbert G. Winful, Sean Allen, and Lutfur Rahman, "Validity of the coupled-oscillator model for laser-array dynamics," Opt. Lett. 18, 1810-1812 (1993)