4 May 2010 Coherent and spectral beam combining of fiber lasers using volume Bragg gratings
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Five-channel spectral beam combining (SBC) using volume Bragg gratings (VBGs) in photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass with 0.5 nm spectral separation between channels and combined power >750 W has been recently reported. We report on improvements in this technique with the use of thermal control of VBGs that allows precise high-power alignment required for dense SBC with 0.25 nm spectral separation of channels. Experimental results of passive coherent beam combining (CBC) of fiber lasers using multiplexed VBGs are presented and analyzed. Methods for achieving 100 kW class systems using novel hybrid architectures that combine both coherent and spectral beam combining are discussed.
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Apurva Jain, Apurva Jain, Derrek Drachenberg, Derrek Drachenberg, Oleksiy Andrusyak, Oleksiy Andrusyak, George Venus, George Venus, Vadim Smirnov, Vadim Smirnov, Leonid Glebov, Leonid Glebov, } "Coherent and spectral beam combining of fiber lasers using volume Bragg gratings", Proc. SPIE 7686, Laser Technology for Defense and Security VI, 768615 (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851363; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.851363
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