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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2014
  • pp: 3429–3432

Nonlinear combining of laser beams

Pavel M. Lushnikov and Natalia Vladimirova  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 3429-3432 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.003429


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Abstract

We propose to combine multiple laser beams into a single diffraction-limited beam by beam self-focusing (collapse) in a Kerr medium. Beams with total power above critical are first combined in the near field and then propagated in the optical fiber/waveguide with Kerr nonlinearity. Random fluctuations during propagation eventually trigger a strong self-focusing event and produce a diffraction-limited beam carrying the critical power.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 28, 2014
Published: June 4, 2014

Citation
Pavel M. Lushnikov and Natalia Vladimirova, "Nonlinear combining of laser beams," Opt. Lett. 39, 3429-3432 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-12-3429


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