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Application of Bragg acousto-optic interaction for optical wavefront visualization
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Paper Abstract

The acousto-optic method of phase object visualization is generalized to the case when an optical wave as well as being spatially phase-modulated, has also amplitude spatial modulation. A special geometry of acousto-optic interaction is proposed for separation of the phase modulation and visualization of the optical wavefront. Basic characteristics of the visualizing system are calculated. It is shown that in the optimal case the distribution of light intensity in the visualized image is proportional to the phase gradient in the acousto-optic interaction plane. The resolution and the contrast of the visualized image are determined primarily by the divergence angle of the acoustic beam. Some examples of computer simulation are presented for illustration of potentialities of this method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5953, Acousto-optics and Photoacoustics, 59530H (29 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620865
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Vladimir I. Balakshy, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Dmitry E. Kostyuk, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5953:
Acousto-optics and Photoacoustics
Antoni Sliwinski; Rainer Reibold; Vitaly B. Voloshinov, Editor(s)

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