Abstract

Rapid tuning of a dye laser over a large wavelength range has been achieved by inserting an acoustooptic deflector between the dye cell and a diffraction grating. The deflector and grating combination serve as the tuning element. TeO2, which has an anomalously low sound velocity, has been used to demonstrate acoustooptical tuning over a broad spectral range. Theoretically, tuning rates greater than 100 nm/μsec can be achieved over a wavelength range of up to 35 nm. The experimental data have been used to verify the analytical aspects of the beam deflector and diffraction grating configuration.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

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