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Two-dimensional combination of eight ultrashort pulsed beams using a diffractive optic pair.


We demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, the first two-dimensional diffractive beam combination for ultrashort pulses-a highly scalable technique capable of using a diffractive optic pair to combine large arrays of ultrashort pulsed beams. A square array of eight 120 fs pulsed beams from eight fiber outputs is coherently combined into one beam using the diffractive combiner. The experimental results show that the combined pulse preserves the input pulse width and shape, and the combining efficiency is measured to be close to the limit of the manufactured diffractive optic. An analysis shows that the combining loss due to uncompensated temporal and spatial dispersions is negligible.

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