We report the first observation, to our knowledge, of the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection. Light from a He–Ne laser is incident through a high-index prism upon a KDP crystal to which a pulsed electric field is applied through coated-surface electrodes. At the critical angle for total internal reflection, a narrow resonance in the modulated reflected light is observed. This effect is well described by solving the standard boundary-value problem of nonlinear optics.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 14, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 1988
Published: June 1, 1988
H. J. Simon and Chi H. Lee, "Electro-optic total internal reflection modulation," Opt. Lett. 13, 440-442 (1988)