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Efficient beam combining with high brightness of a phase-locked laser array
Author(s): Aimin Yan; Liren Liu; Enwen Dai; Jianfeng Sun; Yu Zhou; Yanan Zhi
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Paper Abstract

We proposed a novel beam combining technique for coherent laser arrays that uses a conjugate Dammann grating (CDG) and a phase plate. By using this technique, a coherent laser array can be not only coherently combined to a single beam but also aperture filled to a far field single central lobe beam by means of phase compensation in theory. The aperture size and power density of the combined beam can be conveniently changed. Moreover, the technique applies for both binary and continuous amplitude profiles emitted from an individual laser of laser arrays, especially Gaussian beam. An verified experiment with a simulated 5×5 coherent laser array using an aperture mask was performed that effectively verified the feasibility of the proposed concept. This new method has the potential for scaling to much higher output powers with good beam quality by coherent combination and aperture filling of coherent laser arrays in practical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7789, Laser Beam Shaping XI, 77890Z (16 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859978
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Aimin Yan, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Liren Liu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Enwen Dai, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Jianfeng Sun, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yu Zhou, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)
Yanan Zhi, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7789:
Laser Beam Shaping XI
Andrew Forbes; Todd E. Lizotte, Editor(s)

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