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Acousto-optical tunable transmissive grating beam splitter


We present a tunable transmissive grating beam splitter for multiple laser line separation based on acousto-optic interaction in tellurium dioxide. Acousto-optic devices are well known for light modulation, frequency shifting, filtration or deflection. For a deflector, the incident light beam is monochromatic and the angular deviation is proportional to the ultrasonic frequency excursion. For a tunable filter, the selected wavelength is determined by the ultrasonic frequency. Several wavelengths may be simultaneously diffracted using several associated ultrasonic frequencies and all the diffracted beams have the same angular deviation. Unlike the classical operating modes of acousto-optic devices, we consider the simultaneous diffraction of several optical wavelengths by a single ultrasonic frequency. The device is based on Bragg anisotropic interaction in the specific 'Tangent Phase Matching' configuration. The acousto-optic interaction takes place with a single ultrasonic frequency and the diffraction efficiency remains high over a wide optical spectral range. The different diffracted beams are then angularly well separated, due to the slow velocity of the ultrasonic wave propagating in tellurium dioxide. The optical bandwidth is directly related to the operating ultrasonic frequency. Numerical calculations were carried out to determine the main parameters of the device: operating ultrasonic frequency, optical bandwidth, tunability range, crystalline cut and transducer length. A practical device has been designed for visible spectrum. Experimental results will be presented as for example a spectral bandwidth from 450 nm to 550 nm with a RF carrier frequency f = 125 MHz.
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hal-00964449 , version 1 (24-03-2014)



Anthony Dieulangard, Jean-Claude Kastelik, Samuel Dupont, Joseph Gazalet. Acousto-optical tunable transmissive grating beam splitter. SPIE Photonics West, OPTO 2014, Conference 8982 - Optical Components and Materials XI, 2014, San Francisco, CA, United States. 89821H, 8 p., ⟨10.1117/12.2036327⟩. ⟨hal-00964449⟩
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