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Efficient, extremely low frequency acousto-optic shifter for optical heterodyning applications
Author(s): Attila Barocsi; Laszlo Jakab; Peter I. Richter
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Paper Abstract

Optical heterodyne detection requires frequency shift of an optical beam, which can be realized using an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) that shifts the frequency of the diffracted beam with the acoustic frequency (from several tens of MHz, typically). Low frequency shift can be achieved using two, consecutively placed, modulators driven with slightly different frequencies. This configuration, however, results in lower efficiency and higher complexity. To avoid these problems and extremely low frequency, TeO2 based, single cell AOM have been developed. The AOM performance has carefully been investigated and design considerations maintaining the high diffraction efficiency are given. The suppression of the unwanted effects arisen from low frequency operation, such as presence of multiple diffraction orders, elliptical distortion of the diffracted beam, has been examined. The special anisotropic diffraction geometry allows a frequency shift as low as 5 MHz with diffraction efficiency greater than 85% (> 90% at 8 MHz), simultaneously, as it has been demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2240, Advances in Optical Information Processing VI, (29 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179111
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Attila Barocsi, Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)
Laszlo Jakab, Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)
Peter I. Richter, Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2240:
Advances in Optical Information Processing VI
Dennis R. Pape, Editor(s)

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