Abstract

We demonstrate a scalable architecture for a high-power, high-brightness, solid-state laser based on coherent combinations of master oscillator power amplifier chains. A common master oscillator injects a sequence of multikilowatt Nd:YAG zigzag slab amplifiers. Adaptive optics correct the wavefront of each amplified beamlet. The beamlets are tiled side by side and actively phase locked to form a single output beam. The laser produces 19kW with beam quality <2× diffraction limited. To the best of our knowledge, this is the brightest cw solid-state laser demonstrated to date.

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H. Bruesselbach and D. S. Sumida, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 600 (2005).
[CrossRef]

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 567 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

2003 (1)

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2001 (2)

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, Opt. Lett. 26, 1672 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

Anderegg, J.

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bell, D.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Brosnan, S.

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bruesselbach, H.

H. Bruesselbach and D. S. Sumida, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 600 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Burt, W.

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Cheung, E.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Chui, F.

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Contag, K.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Conway, G.

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

DaSilva, H.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Epp, P.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Fan, T. Y.

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 567 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Geisen, A.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Goodno, G.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Goodno, G. D.

Harkenrider, J.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, Opt. Lett. 26, 1672 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Hoffmaster, D.

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Howland, D.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Hugel, H.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Injeyan, H.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, Opt. Lett. 26, 1672 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Jeong, Y.

Komine, H.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Landers, F.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Larionov, M.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Long, W.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

McClellan, M.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

McGraw, P.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

McNaught, S.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Nilsson, J.

Palese, S.

G. D. Goodno, S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, and H. Injeyan, Opt. Lett. 26, 1672 (2001).
[CrossRef]

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Payne, D. N.

Redmond, S.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Sahu, J. K.

Serrano, J.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Siegman, A. E.

Simpson, R.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Sollee, J.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

Stewen, C.

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Sumida, D. S.

H. Bruesselbach and D. S. Sumida, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 600 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tapos, F.

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

Weber, M.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Wickham, M.

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (3)

T. Y. Fan, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 567 (2005).
[CrossRef]

C. Stewen, K. Contag, M. Larionov, A. Geisen, and H. Hugel, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 6, 650 (2000).
[CrossRef]

H. Bruesselbach and D. S. Sumida, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 11, 600 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Proc. SPIE (1)

J. Anderegg, S. Brosnan, M. Weber, H. Komine, and M. Wickham, Proc. SPIE 4974, 1 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

S. Palese, J. Harkenrider, W. Long, F. Chui, D. Hoffmaster, W. Burt, H. Injeyan, G. Conway, and F. Tapos, in Advanced Solid State Lasers, C.Marshall, ed., Vol. 50of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2001), pp. 41-46.

The adaptive optics system was developed in collaboration with Adaptive Optics Associates, Incorporated, Cambridge, Mass.

G. Goodno, H. Injeyan, H. Komine, S. McNaught, S. Redmond, D. Bell, J. Sollee, J. Serrano, R. Simpson, P. Epp, D. Howland, E. Cheung, P. McGraw, M. Weber, M. McClellan, W. Long, F. Landers, and H. DaSilva, in CLEO Europe 2005, paper CA5-3-THU (2005).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the laser system. The grayed-out components indicate hardware duplication to scale past two chains. YDFA, Yb-doped fiber amplifier; PM, phase modulator; AOM, acousto-optic modulator; PA, preamplifier.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Conduction-cooled, end-pumped zigzag slab amplifier.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Near-field (top) and far-field (bottom) intensity profiles. (a) Beamlet A only, (b) beamlet B only, (c) both beamlets A and B with phasing electronics disabled, (d) both beamlets A and B locked with 0 relative phase shift, (e) both beamlets A and B locked with π relative phase shift.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Output power and beam quality of the tiled beam.

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