We demonstrate a novel method for improvement of spatial beam quality by use of the angular selectivity of a thick phase grating inserted into various laser cavities. Preliminary experiments with an intentionally degraded beam from a Nd:YVO <sub>4</sub> laser have enhanced beam propagation factor <i>M</i><sup>2</sup> by a factor of 4.5. Operation with a broad-area laser diode in an external cavity with a thick grating was achieved. We obtained 100 mW of cw power in a beam with an <i>M</i><sup>2</sup> of 1.3. Moreover, a reduction of the output spectrum by as much as a factor of 3.8 was obtained.
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Sylvie Yiou, Franois Balembois, Patrick Georges, and Jean-Pierre Huignard, "Improvement of the spatial beam quality of laser sources with an intracavity Bragg grating," Opt. Lett. 28, 242-244 (2003)