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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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References

  1. P. S. Pershan, and N. Bloembergen, "Microwave modulation of light," Proceedings of Second Quantum Electronics Conference, Columbia University Press, New York (to be published).
  2. G. L. Clark, D. F. Holshouser, and H. M. Von Foerster, "The Kerr cell as an ultra-high frequency shutter," Tech. Rept. No. 1–1, Air Force contract, March, 1955.
  3. G. L. Clark, doctoral thesis, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1957.
  4. D. F. Holshouser, doctoral thesis, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, 1958.
  5. G. L. Clark, J. Chem. Phys. 25, 125–129 (1956).

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