Abstract

We present a new method for efficiently transforming a high-order mode beam into a nearly Gaussian beam with much higher beam quality. The method is based on modulation of phases of different lobes by stochastic parallel gradient descent algorithm and coherent addition after phase flattening. We demonstrate the method by transforming an LP11 mode into a nearly Gaussian beam. The experimental results reveal that the power in the diffraction-limited bucket in the far field is increased by more than a factor of 1.5.

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