IS03–Simulation of cascaded polarization-coupled systems of broad-area semiconductor lasers

We present a brightness- and power-scalable polarization beam combining scheme for high-power, broad-area semiconductor lasers. To achieve the beam combining, we employ Lyot-filtered optical reinjection from an external cavity, which forces lasing of the individual diodes on interleaved frequency combs with overlapping envelopes and enables a high optical coupling efficiency. We demonstrate how repeatedly introduced new stages of the external cavity allow efficient coupling of 2^n emitters. We simulate the operation of two-four-eight-sixteen coupled emitters, analyze beam coupling efficiency, and discuss possible limiting factors of this coupling scheme.

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