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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1992
  • pp: 1125–1127

Microwave optical modulation by using the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection at the critical angle

Douglas L. Butler, Geoffrey L. Burdge, Chi H. Lee, and H. J. Simon  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 17, Issue 16, pp. 1125-1127 (1992)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.17.001125


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Abstract

We demonstrate microwave modulation of an optical beam by using the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection near the critical angle. An internally reflected mode-locked laser beam and a microwave field electro-optically interact near the surface of a KDP crystal to produce new modulation frequencies in the reflected beam. Its microwave sensitivity is approximately 3 mV / Hz. This technique, described by the boundary-value problem of nonlinear optics, provides a sensitive method to study the physical nature of the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection. Fundamental optical and electrical properties of the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection are presented.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 20, 1992
Published: August 15, 1992

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Douglas L. Butler, Chi H. Lee, H. J. Simon, and Geoffrey L. Burdge, "Microwave optical modulation by using the electro-optic effect in total internal reflection at the critical angle," Opt. Lett. 17, 1125-1127 (1992)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-17-16-1125

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