8 September 2004 Injection-locking efficiency of two independent lasers
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Abstract
Bidirectional (mutual) injection locking was demonstrated with solid-state lasers, producing significant improvements over traditional single-direction injection locking. Each laser element shares part of its output with other elements in bidirectional locking, distinct from single-direction (traditional) injection locking where one master laser provides the locking signal for a number of slaves. In a phase-locked array, the individual laser outputs add coherently, and the brightness of the entire array scales with the square of the number of elements, as if the active material diameter were increasing. Benefits of bidirectional locking, when compared to traditional injection locking, include reduced laser threshold, better output beam quality, and improved scaling capability. Experiments using two Nd:YVO4 lasers confirmed that mutual injection locking reduced lasing threshold by a factor of at least two and increased the output beam quality significantly. The injection locking effects began with 0.03% coupling between lasers and full-phase locking for coupling exceeding 0.5%. The 0.5% requirement for full phase-locking limits traditional injection-locked arrays to fewer than 100 elements, while mutually injection-locked arrays have no such limit. Mutual injection locking of an array of lasers can lead to a new architecture for high-power laser systems.
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Russell M. Kurtz, Russell M. Kurtz, Ranjit D. Pradhan, Ranjit D. Pradhan, Nay Tun, Nay Tun, Tin M. Aye, Tin M. Aye, Gajendra D. Savant, Gajendra D. Savant, Tomasz P. Jannson, Tomasz P. Jannson, Larry G. DeShazer, Larry G. DeShazer, } "Injection-locking efficiency of two independent lasers", Proc. SPIE 5413, Laser Systems Technology II, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543838; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.543838
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