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Polarization-insensitive wide-angle resonant acousto-optic phase modulator

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posted on 2024-01-18, 17:00 authored by Okan Atalar, Amin Arbabian
Phase modulators are commonly used devices in optics. Free-space phase modulators are typically constructed from optically anisotropic crystals exhibiting the Pockels effect. To preserve the light's polarization state as it propagates through the crystal, it is essential to align the polarization and angle of incidence of the light with respect to the crystal. In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of constructing free-space resonant phase modulators with a broad acceptance angle and minimal dependence on the polarization state of light using an acousto-optic approach. These modulators operate in the megahertz frequency range, require modest power levels, have aperture sizes exceeding one square centimeter, and feature sub-millimeter thickness.

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