Main-lobe energy transmission using an optical phased array is proposed. Effects of spatial and temporal coherence of rectangular-symmetric laser arrays on energy transmission performance are evaluated in terms of the main-lobe beam quality factor and the main-lobe energy transmission efficiency. As a result, the efficiency is found independent of the number of laser elements and their spectral broadening, and sensitive to the aperture fill factor. The main-lobe beam quality factor remains constant for any cases.
2005 The Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences