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Modeling self-organized coherent fiber laser array
Author(s): Pu Zhou; Zilun Chen; Xiaojun Xu; Jing Hou; Zejin Liu
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Paper Abstract

Self-organized coherent laser array seems to be a promising method for coherent combining fiber lasers. Phase locking is realized by mutual energy injection, without any active phase stabilization, requirement of the fiber length or the output power for individual lasers. In this paper, rate equations describing time evolution of the complex, slow varying electric field and gain of an array of single transverse and longitudinal mode lasers proposed in former literature was referred to for modeling the self-organized fiber laser array. The process for phase-locking evolution of each individual laser in a fiber laser array was modeled and analyzed theoretically and numerically. For the case of an array containing 2 or more than 4 lasers, the array will be in an out-of-phase mode, with a phase difference of π between adjacent laser output modes. For an array containing 3 lasers, phase difference between adjacent lasers would be ±2π/3. We will cite experiments to validate our verdict. We can also obtain by investigating on the model that more powers can be extracted than the summation individual free running lasers. Those phenomenons have been reported but not explained. At the end of this paper, we perform system level analysis on the fiber laser array numerically. We find that with the number of lasers increasing, the array will have a more critical condition on detuning frequency for phase locking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6823, High-Power Lasers and Applications IV, 68230G (6 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.755751
Show Author Affiliations
Pu Zhou, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Zilun Chen, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Xiaojun Xu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Jing Hou, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Zejin Liu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6823:
High-Power Lasers and Applications IV
Dianyuan Fan; Robert F. Walter, Editor(s)

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