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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1999
  • pp: 1635–1637

Frequency structure in an electronically tuned Ti:sapphire laser: periodic appearance of static fringes in both homodyne and heterodyne Michelson interferometers

Jihong Geng, Satoshi Wada, Norihito Saito, and Hideo Tashiro  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 22, pp. 1635-1637 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001635


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Abstract

Static interference fringes were observed repeatedly with changes of path difference in both homodyne and heterodyne Michelson interferometers. This unique coherence property of an electronically tuned Ti:sapphire laser with an intracavity acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) has revealed the frequency structure and dynamics of the laser field. The fact that static interference occurred in a heterodyne interferometer with unequal path lengths indicates backscattering of the intracavity laser field, suggesting that Brillouin-enhanced four-wave mixing occurs in the intracavity AOTF.

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OCIS Codes
(040.2840) Detectors : Heterodyne
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(140.3590) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, titanium
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices

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Jihong Geng, Satoshi Wada, Norihito Saito, and Hideo Tashiro, "Frequency structure in an electronically tuned Ti:sapphire laser: periodic appearance of static fringes in both homodyne and heterodyne Michelson interferometers," Opt. Lett. 24, 1635-1637 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-22-1635


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