A practical problem that arises when using acousto-optic modulators (AOMs) to scan the laser frequency is the dependence of the beam diffraction angle on the modulation frequency. Alignment problems with AOM-modulated laser beams can be effectively eliminated by using the AOM in the double-pass configuration, which compensates for beam deflections. On a second pass through the AOM, the beam with its polarization rotated by 90 degrees is deflected back such that it counterpropagates the incident laser beam and it can be separated from the input beam with a polarizing beam splitter. Here we present our design for a compact, stable, double-pass AOM with 75% double-pass diffraction efficiency and a tuning bandwidth of 68 MHz full width at half maximum for light transmitted through a single-mode fiber. The overall efficiency of the system (defined as the optical power out of the single-mode fiber divided by the optical power into the apparatus) is 60%.

Double-pass acousto-optic modulator system / Donley, Ea; Heavner, Tp; Levi, Filippo; SOURCE REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS PUBLISHED, Jun; Times, Cited. - In: REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS. - ISSN 0034-6748. - 76:(2005), pp. 063112 -1-063112 - 6. [10.1063/1.1930095]

Double-pass acousto-optic modulator system

LEVI, FILIPPO;
2005

Abstract

A practical problem that arises when using acousto-optic modulators (AOMs) to scan the laser frequency is the dependence of the beam diffraction angle on the modulation frequency. Alignment problems with AOM-modulated laser beams can be effectively eliminated by using the AOM in the double-pass configuration, which compensates for beam deflections. On a second pass through the AOM, the beam with its polarization rotated by 90 degrees is deflected back such that it counterpropagates the incident laser beam and it can be separated from the input beam with a polarizing beam splitter. Here we present our design for a compact, stable, double-pass AOM with 75% double-pass diffraction efficiency and a tuning bandwidth of 68 MHz full width at half maximum for light transmitted through a single-mode fiber. The overall efficiency of the system (defined as the optical power out of the single-mode fiber divided by the optical power into the apparatus) is 60%.
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