The behavior of the first-order diffracted beam of an acousto-optic modulator is investigated under rotation of the acousto-optic crystal about an axis perpendicular to the plane of the incident and diffracted beams. It is found that the diffraction efficiency as a function of this rotation is not symmetric about the Bragg angle of incidence. A unidirectional device for a ring dye laser that uses this effect is demonstrated.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 2, 1988
Published: May 1, 1988
J. Neev and F. V. Kowalski, "Unidirectional device for a ring laser using an acousto-optic modulator," Opt. Lett. 13, 375-377 (1988)