23 August 2017 A large capacity time division multiplexed (TDM) laser beam combining technique enabled by nanosecond speed KTN deflector
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In this paper, we present a novel large capacity (a 1000+ channel) time division multiplexing (TDM) laser beam combining technique by harnessing a state-of-the-art nanosecond speed potassium tantalate niobate (KTN) electro-optic (EO) beam deflector as the time division multiplexer. The major advantages of TDM approach are: (1) large multiplexing capability (over 1000 channels), (2) high spatial beam quality (the combined beam has the same spatial profile as the individual beam), (3) high spectral beam quality (the combined beam has the same spectral width as the individual beam, and (4) insensitive to the phase fluctuation of individual laser because of the nature of the incoherent beam combining. The quantitative analyses show that it is possible to achieve over one hundred kW average power, single aperture, single transverse mode solid state and/or fiber laser by pursuing this innovative beam combining method, which represents a major technical advance in the field of high energy lasers. Such kind of 100+ kW average power diffraction limited beam quality lasers can play an important role in a variety of applications such as laser directed energy weapons (DEW) and large-capacity high-speed laser manufacturing, including cutting, welding, and printing.
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Stuart (Shizhuo) Yin, Stuart (Shizhuo) Yin, Ju-Hung Chao, Ju-Hung Chao, Wenbin Zhu, Wenbin Zhu, Chang-Jiang Chen, Chang-Jiang Chen, Adrian Campbell, Adrian Campbell, Michael Henry, Michael Henry, Mark Dubinskiy, Mark Dubinskiy, Robert C. Hoffman, Robert C. Hoffman, } "A large capacity time division multiplexed (TDM) laser beam combining technique enabled by nanosecond speed KTN deflector", Proc. SPIE 10382, Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications XI, 103820P (23 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276510; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2276510
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