Analysis and design of phase-coupled laser arrays

Amos Hardy, William Streifer, Marek Osinski

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Abstract

Coupled-mode theory is employed for the analysis and, consequently, for the design of phase-coupled laser arrays that may have improved properties, such as better supermodes discrimination and a narrower far-field pattern. We start with a brief description of the improved coupled-mode formulation for multiwaveguide systems. The formulation encompasses real and imaginary index perturbations, which determine modal gains or losses. We proceed by presenting the analysis of various phase-coupled, index-guided laser arrays. A common problem in many cases is poor mode discrimination, which may result in excitation of several lateral supermodes and wider far-field patterns. Based on the improved coupled-mode theory, some new promising structures are presented, along with a few numerical examples which suggest a better mode discrimination between the lowest-order and higher-order lateral modes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume723
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Jan 1987

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