Observation and analysis of phase-locking in parabolic bow-tie laser arrays

F Causa, D Masanotti

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This paper presents experimental and theoretical results to show that in-phase coherent coupling occurs in high-power arrays of parabolic bow-tie lasers. Such devices require simple and inexpensive device fabrication, thus providing a cost-effective highpower laser for high-brightness operation at 980 nm. The maximum brightness achieved was 318MW cm-2sr-1 at 20 times the threshold with far-field full-width at half-maximum less than 1.5 times the diffraction limit, measured without the use of external lenses under low-duty cycle (0.1%) pulsed operation. Results obtained from double-slit interference experiments show a clear distinction between phase-coherent arrays and corresponding arrays of independent emitters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1016-1022
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number10
Early online date25 Sept 2006
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006


  • Laser arrays
  • High-power
  • High-brightness
  • Phase-locking
  • Tapered geometry
  • Index-guiding


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