Abstract

A frequency-modulated, single-mode Nd:YAG laser has been constructed that tunes up to 12 GHz. The laser incorporates a LiTaO3 electro-optic phase modulator with acoustic damping to provide a tuning sensitivity of 12 MHz/V and linear voltage-to-frequency conversion. A frequency excursion of 1.2 GHz has been generated with a rise time of 0.6 ns.

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D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef]

P. A. Schulz, Lincoln Lab. J. 3, 463 (1990).

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[CrossRef]

J. J. Zayhowski, Opt. Lett. 15, 431 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1989 (2)

T. P. Lee, C.-E. Zah, IEEE Commun. Mag. 27, 42 (October1989).
[CrossRef]

J. J. Zayhowski, A. Mooradian, Opt. Lett. 14, 24 (1989).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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A. Z. Genack, R. G. Brewer, Phys. Rev. A 17, 1463 (1978).
[CrossRef]

1967 (1)

1963 (1)

C. L. Tang, H. Statz, G. deMars, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2289 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Atlas, D. A.

D. A. Atlas, L. G. Kazovsky, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 367 (1990).
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Baer, T.

G. J. Kintz, T. Baer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1457 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Blitz, J.

J. Blitz, Fundamentals of Ultrasonics (Plenum, New York, 1967), pp. 24โ€“29.

Brewer, R. G.

A. Z. Genack, R. G. Brewer, Phys. Rev. A 17, 1463 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Chraplyvy, A.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Cline, T. W.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Coult, D. G.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

deMars, G.

C. L. Tang, H. Statz, G. deMars, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2289 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Farnett, E. C.

E. C. Farnett, G. H. Stevens, in Radar Handbook, M. Skolnik, ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990), p. 10.31.

Fishman, D. A.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Genack, A. Z.

A. Z. Genack, R. G. Brewer, Phys. Rev. A 17, 1463 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Kane, T. J.

T. J. Kane, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 244 (1990); T. J. Kane, E. A. P. Cheng, Opt. Lett. 13, 970 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kazovsky, L. G.

D. A. Atlas, L. G. Kazovsky, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 367 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Kintz, G. J.

G. J. Kintz, T. Baer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1457 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Lee, T. P.

T. P. Lee, C.-E. Zah, IEEE Commun. Mag. 27, 42 (October1989).
[CrossRef]

Milbrodt, M. A.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Miller, C. M.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Miller, T.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Mooradian, A.

Nagel, J. A.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Ohm, E. A.

Piccirilli, A. B.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Pleiss, T. C.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Schulz, P. A.

P. A. Schulz, Lincoln Lab. J. 3, 463 (1990).

Schutz, I.

I. Schutz, H. Welling, R. Wallenstein, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), p. 119.

Simpson, J. R.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Statz, H.

C. L. Tang, H. Statz, G. deMars, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2289 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Stevens, G. H.

E. C. Farnett, G. H. Stevens, in Radar Handbook, M. Skolnik, ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990), p. 10.31.

Tang, C. L.

C. L. Tang, H. Statz, G. deMars, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2289 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Tench, R. E.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Tkach, R.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Wallenstein, R.

I. Schutz, H. Welling, R. Wallenstein, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), p. 119.

Welling, H.

I. Schutz, H. Welling, R. Wallenstein, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), p. 119.

Yeates, P. D.

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Zah, C.-E.

T. P. Lee, C.-E. Zah, IEEE Commun. Mag. 27, 42 (October1989).
[CrossRef]

Zayhowski, J. J.

Appl. Opt. (1)

IEEE Commun. Mag. (1)

T. P. Lee, C.-E. Zah, IEEE Commun. Mag. 27, 42 (October1989).
[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. J. Kintz, T. Baer, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 1457 (1990).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (3)

D. A. Fishman, J. A. Nagel, T. W. Cline, R. E. Tench, T. C. Pleiss, T. Miller, D. G. Coult, M. A. Milbrodt, P. D. Yeates, A. Chraplyvy, R. Tkach, A. B. Piccirilli, J. R. Simpson, C. M. Miller, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 662 (1990).
[CrossRef]

T. J. Kane, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 244 (1990); T. J. Kane, E. A. P. Cheng, Opt. Lett. 13, 970 (1988).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

D. A. Atlas, L. G. Kazovsky, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 2, 367 (1990).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

C. L. Tang, H. Statz, G. deMars, J. Appl. Phys. 34, 2289 (1963).
[CrossRef]

Lincoln Lab. J. (1)

P. A. Schulz, Lincoln Lab. J. 3, 463 (1990).

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

A. Z. Genack, R. G. Brewer, Phys. Rev. A 17, 1463 (1978).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

E. C. Farnett, G. H. Stevens, in Radar Handbook, M. Skolnik, ed. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1990), p. 10.31.

I. Schutz, H. Welling, R. Wallenstein, in Digest of Meeting on Advanced Solid-State Lasers (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1990), p. 119.

J. Blitz, Fundamentals of Ultrasonics (Plenum, New York, 1967), pp. 24โ€“29.

Orchard Communications sales literature for AM5000-80, an AM video transmission system.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the Nd:YAG laser. The laser is contained in a single stainless-steel housing. The Nd:YAG crystal is 1 mm long, and the LiTaO3 crystal is 3 mm long. The total cavity length is 8 mm. The z direction corresponds to the c axis of the LiTaO3 crystal.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Oscilloscope traces of fast switching recorded at 2 ns/division. (a) Voltage applied to the LiTaO3 crystal. (b) Beat signal obtained in heterodyning the FM Nd:YAG laser with a Nd:YAG local oscillator. Initially the two lasers are offset by 1.7 GHz. The voltage step gives rise to a frequency difference of 550 MHz. The undulation of the trace is caused by noise pickup from the pulser.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Compression of a 500-MHz linearly frequency-chirped heterodyne signal. (a) Direct output from surface-acoustic-wave device demonstrating a 2.5-ns FWHM pulse width at a 1.3-GHz center frequency but with large side-lobes. (b) Output after frequency mixing to baseband, amplifying, and filtering. The trace shows broadening and sidelobe rejection caused by the limited bandwidth of the amplifier. The sidelobes are 30 dB below the main peak. The FWHM pulse width is 4 ns.

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