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Optical Engineering

Acousto-optic system for the generation and control of tunable low-frequency signals
Author(s): Nabeel A. Riza; Mostofa M. K. Howlader
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Paper Abstract

An optically efficient interferometric acousto-optic architecture for the tunable generation and control of low-frequency signals is proposed using two radio frequency (rf) or microwave band Bragg cells in an in-line configuration. Critical beam deflection optics, such as a dove prism, ensure that the interfering beams are collinear and stationary, thus providing the high heterodyning efficiency required at the fixed optical detector. Tunable 1- to 15-MHz ultrasonic band signal generation is demonstrated with rf Bragg cells, showing high (107 dB/Hz) carrier-tonoise ratios. This free-space interferometric acousto-optic system with two collinear output beams with a relative color shift is required for making a compact, lightweight, and powerful optical platform for baseband/ low-frequency optical signal processing and control functions, such as required in advanced phased-array systems used in sonar, medical, and industrial applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 35(4) doi: 10.1117/1.600701
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 35, Issue 4
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Nabeel A. Riza, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Mostofa M. K. Howlader, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)

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