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Opt Lett. 2011 Mar 1;36(5):621-3. doi: 10.1364/OL.36.000621.

Coherent beam combining of two femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplifiers.

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Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique, UMR 8501 CNRS, Université Paris Sud, Palaiseau, France.


We demonstrate coherent beam combining of two femtosecond fiber chirped-pulse amplifiers seeded by a common oscillator. Using a feedback loop based on an electro-optic phase modulator, an average power of 7.2 W before compression is obtained with a combining efficiency of 90%. The spatial and temporal qualities of the oscillator are retained, with a recombined pulse width of 325 fs. This experiment opens up a way to scale the peak/average power of ultrafast fiber sources.

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