Abstract

We demonstrate the coherent locking of two orthogonal polarized lasers by using polarization selective loss. The two orthogonal polarizations are locked coherently to produce a resultant polarization state that sees minimal cavity loss. In contrast to the Michelson locking schemes, our scheme has the advantage of easy tunability, which helps to routinely achieve near-perfect (>99%) combining efficiency even when the power of the two arms is highly imbalanced and is varied from a power ratio of unity to >5. We also demonstrate an interesting phenomenon in which a miniscule injection of an antiphase field component from one arm into another can significantly inhibit the locking mechanism.

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D. Sabourdy, V. Kermene, A. Desfarges-Berthelemot, M. Vampouille, and A. Barthelemy, Appl. Phys. B 75, 503 (2002).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

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Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup of coherent polarization locking.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Combining efficiency of polarization locking for various power ratios of Arm 2 (vertical polarization) to Arm 1 (horizontal polarization). (b) Variation of laser output power with the orientation of HWP 2.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Possible configurations of coherent polarization locking for more than two laser gain media. Configuration can be used as a stand-alone module or a submodule for further coherent polarization locking.

Equations (1)

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θ HWP = tan 1 x 2 + n π 2 for Type A polarization = tan 1 x 2 + ( n + 1 ) π 2 for Type B polarization ,

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