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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: February 1996


Local EPrints ID: 78406
ISSN: 0018-9197
PURE UUID: 9786eaec-af99-4fd3-bd15-909b09e3a198

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:24

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Author: W.A. Clarkson
Author: A.B. Neilson
Author: D.C. Hanna

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