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  • Vol. 51, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1961
  • pp: 1360–1365

Microwave Modulation of Light Using the Kerr Effect

D. F. HOLSHOUSER, H. VON FOERSTER, and G. L. CLARK  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 51, Issue 12, pp. 1360-1365 (1961)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.51.001360


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Abstract

Modulation of light at 3 and 6 kMc is achieved by applying a superimposed electrostatic and microwave field to a carbon-disulfide Kerr-cell which is incorporated within the high-electric-field region of a resonant cavity. The development of this light shutter requires the analysis of the Kerr effect under circumstances in which the transit time of light is appreciable. A Kerr cell whose length is such that the transit time of light is one-half the period of the modulating microwave field proves to have particular advantages over other designs. The light shutter is realized with a re-entrant microwave cavity with provision for the application of electrostatic as well as microwave fields. At about 26-kv dc and 10-kw pulsed 3-kMc ac power, the system modulates a light beam of several milliwatts radiant power up to 80%.

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D. F. HOLSHOUSER, H. VON FOERSTER, and G. L. CLARK, "Microwave Modulation of Light Using the Kerr Effect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 51, 1360-1365 (1961)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-51-12-1360

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