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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1998
  • pp: 1659–1665

Subnanosecond switching, plasma electrode Pockels cell for high-contrast imaging with partially coherent light

Mark S. Pronko, Alban V. Deniz, Victor Yun, Yongzhang Leng, and Julius Goldhar  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1659-1665 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.001659


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Abstract

A high-contrast optical switch for imaging partially coherent light (∼150 times the diffraction limit) requires that it have a large angular acceptance. We describe the development of a high-speed Pockels cell that uses a thin crystal to simultaneously achieve high-contrast (greater than 1800:1) and large-angular acceptance (greater than 7 mrad for a 5-mm aperture). A KD*P crystal was used in a longitudinal-mode configuration with plasma discharges forming low-resistance, high optical transmission electrodes to couple the switching voltage. Rise times of the switched optical pulse of the order of 500 ps were observed. Characterization of the device in the near and far fields was also performed.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2970) Imaging systems : Image detection systems
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

History
Original Manuscript: July 24, 1997
Revised Manuscript: December 8, 1997
Published: March 20, 1998

Citation
Mark S. Pronko, Alban V. Deniz, Victor Yun, Yongzhang Leng, and Julius Goldhar, "Subnanosecond switching, plasma electrode Pockels cell for high-contrast imaging with partially coherent light," Appl. Opt. 37, 1659-1665 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-9-1659

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