Previous works on photorefractive self-organizing laser cavities were about lasers that oscillate, prior the self-organization process occurs, on a set of axial modes sharing the same transverse structure. We have now demonstrated that the insertion of a photorefractive crystal can also create a dynamic spatial filter. In a well-designed extended cavity broad-area laser diode, such a filter can affect the transverse modal structure to force a laser, initially oscillating on several transverse modes, to oscillate on a single transverse and longitudinal mode. A large increase of the single-mode operating range of the laser has been observed.

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