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The optimization of incoherent fiber laser beam combination
Author(s): Jie Xu; Shanghong Zhao; Shengbao Zhan; Rui Hou; Jili Wu; Yongjun Li; Shaoqiang Fang
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Paper Abstract

With the continuous increase of output power of double cladding fiber lasers, the researches of the techniques of fiber laser beam combination have become a new focus. With the inherent characters of small volume, light weight, good beam quality and system stability. Once the high power output laser was achieved, there would be broad applications in industry, scientific researches and military field. Incoherent beam combination is much easier to be realized compared with coherent beam combination, and with better system stability, thus it became an promising technique to achieve small volume and high power laser source. In an incoherent fiber laser beam combination system, the transform lens and diffractive grating play an important role in determining the coupling efficiency. Through theoretic analysis and numerical simulations, it has been proved that the optimum focal length of transform lens should be around 20cm in order to ensure a high system coupling efficiency under some selected simulation parameters. Also the lower frequency of diffractive grating is preferred, and a contradiction is present that is the higher frequency of diffractive grating is favorable in the consideration of maximum fiber array width, thus a moderate value was chosen as 200mm-1 with comprehensive consideration. The lower grating thickness is helpful in improving the diffractive efficiency, while it faced the problem of heat resistance and manufacturing difficulty, therefore the grating thickness between 2mm and 4mm is preferred. Under such optimized parameters, the coupling efficiency would be 70% or even higher with small deviation angle and wavelength. An example of effective jamming distance of combined fiber laser to visible light silicon CCD has been given, whose results had proved the application foreground of combined fiber laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6624, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Optoelectronic System Design, Manufacturing, and Testing, 662407 (12 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.791058
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Jie Xu, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Shanghong Zhao, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Shengbao Zhan, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Rui Hou, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Jili Wu, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Yongjun Li, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)
Shaoqiang Fang, Air Force Engineering Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6624:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2007: Optoelectronic System Design, Manufacturing, and Testing
Liwei Zhou, Editor(s)

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