Coherent and incoherent beam combination using thick holographic substrates

M. S. Shahriar*, J. Riccobono, M. Kleinschmit, J. T. Shen

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We present a mathematical model of coherent and incoherent beam combination in a thick hologram. We also derive the formulae relating the read and write angles to the read and write wavelengths for the combiner. Furthermore, we present a new technique for determining the M#, and establish that the M# required for a coherent combiner is substantially less than that needed for an incoherent one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-83
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Holography
  • Volume holographic gratings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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