Abstract

Coherent beam combining (CBC) technology holds the promise of enabling laser systems with very high power and near-ideal beam quality. We propose and demonstrate a novel servo system composed of multilevel optical phase lock loops. This servo system is based on entirely electronic components and consequently can be considerably more compact and less expensive compared to servo systems made of optical phase/frequency shifters. We have also characterized the noise of a 1064nm Yb-doped fiber amplifier to determine its effect on the CBC and studied theoretically the efficiency of combining a large array of beams with the filled-aperture implementation. In a proof-of-concept experiment we have combined two 100mW 1064nm semiconductor lasers with an efficiency of 94%.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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