Beam combining of ytterbium fiber amplifiers (invited)
August 1, 2007
Fiber lasers are well suited to scaling to high average power using beam-combining techniques. For coherent combining, optical phase-noise characterization of a ytterbium fiber amplifier is required to perform a critical evaluation of various approaches to coherent combining. For wavelength beam combining, we demonstrate good beam quality from the combination of three fiber amplifiers, and we discuss system scaling and design trades between laser linewidth, beam width, grating dispersion, and beam quality.