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

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