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Multi-Stage Acousto-Optic Modulator
Author(s): D. R. Suhre
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Paper Abstract

Bulk acousto-optic modulation was investigated as a technique for generating high bandwidth linear chirp waveforms for ladar applications. The high modulation bandwidth was achieved by cascading the Bragg cells, in which each cell produces only a fraction of the total bandwidth, and large optical beam diameters and high optical energies can be used. Both germanium and thallium arsenic selenide (TAS) were investigated as acousto-optic materials, and comparisons were made between the two materials. Cooled germanium was also studied as a means of lowering the acoustic attenuation, and the thermal conductivity of cryogenically cooled Ge was measured.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0999, Laser Radar III, (18 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960225
Show Author Affiliations
D. R. Suhre, Westinghouse R&D Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0999:
Laser Radar III
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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