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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2581–2583

Control of light polarization by acousto-optic diffraction from leaky acoustic wave in LiNbO 3

Romualdas Rimeika, Paulius Každailis, Daumantas Čiplys, and Saulius Balakauskas  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 13, pp. 2581-2583 (2011)

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The acousto-optic control of light polarization due to diffraction by leaky acoustic waves in ZX - LiNbO 3 has been demonstrated. The randomly polarized light of 633 nm wavelength is converted by the anisotropic diffraction into two beams with mutually orthogonal polarizations, the relative intensities of which depend on the light incidence angle and acoustic frequency. Variation in acoustic frequency from 108 to 112 MHz rotates the polarization of the output optical beam by 90 ° . The acousto-optic control is accomplished entirely by electronic means and can be applied for implementation of fast polarization converters.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(070.1060) Fourier optics and signal processing : Acousto-optical signal processing

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: January 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2011
Published: July 1, 2011

Romualdas Rimeika, Paulius Každailis, Daumantas Čiplys, and Saulius Balakauskas, "Control of light polarization by acousto-optic diffraction from leaky acoustic wave in LiNbO3," Opt. Lett. 36, 2581-2583 (2011)

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