Abstract

Coherent beam combining by active phase control could be useful for power scaling fiber-laser-pumped optical frequency converters. However, a fast phase modulator operating at the frequency-converted wavelength, a non-standard component, would be necessary. Fortunately, nonlinear conversion processes rely on a phase-matching condition allowing for indirect phase control using standard phase modulators. In this Letter, coherent combining of second-harmonic generators is demonstrated in both birefringent and quasi-phase-matching schemes in CW regime. Phase control operates at the fundamental wavelength, using all-fiber electro-optic modulators. An excellent beam combination is achieved with a residual phase error of λ/30 on the second-harmonic wave.

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