We have constructed and tested a longitudinal Pockels cell with a clear aperture of 26 cm × 26 cm. Transparent plasma electrodes formed in a low-pressure glow discharge were used to apply a uniform electric field to a 1-cm-thick KDP crystal. Optical switching times of 50 nsec were achieved with a bare KDP crystal. Significant improvement in switching time resulted from using a glass-plate–KDP-crystal sandwich.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 25, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 1984
Published: November 1, 1984
M. A. Henesian and J. Goldhar, "Demonstration of electro-optical switching at the 26 cm × 26 cm aperture using plasma electrodes," Opt. Lett. 9, 516-518 (1984)