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25 October 2000 High-energy laser pulse multiplexing into a fused silica fiber array
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A novel technique to multiplex high energy laser pulses from a Nd:YLF laser into an array of fibers at energies near the bulk damage limit of fused silica is presented with the object of delivering N equal high energy laser pulses with a minimal time dispersion. Characteristics of the multiple fiber system, diffractive grating splitter, and spatial mode structure of the laser to minimize fiber damage are presented along with preliminary results in scaling the system to larger fiber numbers (N approximately equals 200) with a high energy 10-Joule Nd:Glass laser system. Fiber array alignment techniques and morphologies of fiber damage will also be presented and discussed.
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Alan M. Frank, Paul R. Wilkins, John N. Honig, Michael Moss, and Calvin H. Gillespie "High-energy laser pulse multiplexing into a fused silica fiber array", Proc. SPIE 4095, Laser Beam Shaping, (25 October 2000);

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