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Infrared Acousto-Optic Materials: Applications, Requirements And Crystal Development
Author(s): M. Gottlieb; G. W. Roland
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Paper Abstract

The power requirements for acousto-optic devices increase with wavelength as λ2, so it becomes extremely important for infrared operation to have very high figure of merit mate-rials available. Potentially important IR applications include scanners for laser radar, choppers for surveillance satellites, and acousto-optic tunable filters for a variety of systems. Higher efficiency materials are also important as thin films for integrated optic devices, such as the spectrum analyzer, and several bulk acoustic wave-optical waveguide concepts. A large number of materials of the sulfosalt class have been identified as having very desirable acousto-optic properties, and will find use in a number of these applications. More development of these materials is required to make them of suitable quality, and new compositions must be examined to achieve high performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 1980
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0214, Acousto-Optic Bulk Wave Devices, (17 April 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958409
Show Author Affiliations
M. Gottlieb, Westinghouse R & D Center (United States)
G. W. Roland, Westinghouse R & D Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0214:
Acousto-Optic Bulk Wave Devices
Joseph B. Houston, Editor(s)

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