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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 42, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2003
  • pp: 1052–1067

Analysis of Electro-Optic Crystal-Based Fabry-Perot Etalons for High-Speed Spatial Light Modulators

Kuniharu Takizawa  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 6, pp. 1052-1067 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.42.001052


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Abstract

The use of electro-optic (EO) crystal-based Fabry-Perot modulators (FPMs) as high-speed spatial light modulators is proposed. The FPMs operate with an extremely low drive voltage and a high extinction ratio. It is revealed by analysis of both the linear EO effect and the inverse piezoelectric effect of various EO crystals that three kinds of crystal configuration are suitable as FPMs. One of these is applicable to isotropic crystals, point groups 23 and 43<i>m</i>, and the others are better suited for uniaxial EO crystals, point groups 4???2<i>m</i> and 3<i>m</i>. Typical EO crystals suitable as FPMs are ferroelectric crystals such as LiNbO<sub>3</sub>, LiTaO<sub>3</sub>, and LiIO<sub>3</sub> and sillenite compounds such as Bi<sub>12</sub>SiO<sub>20</sub> and Bi<sub>12</sub>GeO<sub>20</sub> as well as compound semiconductors such as GaAs and GaP.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

Citation
Kuniharu Takizawa, "Analysis of Electro-Optic Crystal-Based Fabry-Perot Etalons for High-Speed Spatial Light Modulators," Appl. Opt. 42, 1052-1067 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-42-6-1052

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