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  • 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)

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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 4̅3m, and the others are better suited for uniaxial EO crystals, point groups 4̅2m and 3m. Typical EO crystals suitable as FPMs are ferroelectric crystals such as LiNbO3, LiTaO3, and LiIO3 and sillenite compounds such as Bi12SiO20 and Bi12GeO20 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

Original Manuscript: March 18, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2002
Published: February 20, 2003

Kuniharu Takizawa, "Analysis of electro-optic crystal-based Fabry-Perot etalons for high-speed spatial light modulators," Appl. Opt. 42, 1052-1067 (2003)

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