Unidirectional operation of a ring laser via the acousto-optic effect


Clarkson, W.A., Neilson, A.B. and Hanna, D.C. (1996) Unidirectional operation of a ring laser via the acousto-optic effect. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 32, (2), 311-325. (doi:10.1109/3.481879 ).

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Two different techniques described for enforcing unidirectional operation of a ring laser using the acoustooptic effect. A simple quantitative explanation for each mechanism is presented, together with a detailed analytical model which allows the difference in loss for the counter-propagating beam to be calculated. Experimental results which confirm the validity of the models are also presented. The application of these techniques for single frequency CW and Q-switched operation of miniature solid-state lasers is discussed and, based on the analytical model, strategies for optimising the design of acoustooptic modulators and ring resonators are considered.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0018-9197 (print)
1558-1713 (electronic)
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Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Optoelectronics Research Centre
ePrint ID: 78406
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:58
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/78406

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