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We have developed a novel structure for achieving high-brightness output from a semiconductor laser array using coherent spatial beam combination. The structure consists of an array of curved ridge waveguides with in-phase, coherent output. Interference of the multiple outputs leads to a narrow, bright, on-axis, far-field beam shape. Experimental results demonstrate a diffraction limited output beam width, ideal for high-brightness applications.
Date of Publication: July1, 2008