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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 23 — Aug. 10, 2007
  • pp: 5870–5876

Acousto-optic interaction of a Gaussian laser beam with an ultrasonic wave of cylindrical symmetry

Ireneusz Grulkowski, Dawid Jankowski, and Piotr Kwiek  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 23, pp. 5870-5876 (2007)

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We present experimental studies of the interaction between a narrow Gaussian laser beam and a standing cylindrical ultrasonic wave. As a theoretical approach, a Fourier-optics-based successive diffraction model is used. Depending on the ratio of the Gaussian laser beam diameter to the first nodal diameter of the cylindrical ultrasound, light refraction or diffraction is observed. We experimentally investigate the time-averaged light intensity as well as the modulation of light in the far field of light refraction–diffraction by a cylindrical ultrasound. It is revealed that significant focusing appears if the phase front of the incident light is curved. The focusing effects of the acousto-optic system depend on the width of the laser beam and curvature of the phase front. Finally, possible applications are discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(070.1060) Fourier optics and signal processing : Acousto-optical signal processing
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

Original Manuscript: April 18, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2007
Published: August 9, 2007

Ireneusz Grulkowski, Dawid Jankowski, and Piotr Kwiek, "Acousto-optic interaction of a Gaussian laser beam with an ultrasonic wave of cylindrical symmetry," Appl. Opt. 46, 5870-5876 (2007)

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