Abstract

We have applied a birefringent acousto-optic crystal for wavelength tuning of a Ti:sapphire laser. A continuous-tuning range of 12 nm, which was limited by wavelength-dependent angle deviation of the beam deflection in the crystal, was extended to over 100 nm by optical correction. Fast and random access of lasing wavelengths by direct electronic tuning was demonstrated at a pulsed operation of 10 Hz.

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I. C. Chang, Opt. Eng. 20, 824 (1981).

1974

I. C. Chang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 25, 370 (1974).
[CrossRef]

1971

D. J. Taylor, S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, Appl. Phys. Lett. 19, 269 (1971).
[CrossRef]

1970

H. Walther, J. H. Hall, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 239 (1970).
[CrossRef]

1969

S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, D. K. Winslow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 15, 325 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Chai, B. H. T.

Chang, I. C.

I. C. Chang, Opt. Eng. 20, 824 (1981).

I. C. Chang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 25, 370 (1974).
[CrossRef]

Dixon, G. J.

Hall, J. H.

H. Walther, J. H. Hall, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 239 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Harris, S. E.

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[CrossRef]

S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, D. K. Winslow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 15, 325 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Kean, P. N.

Mollenauer, L. F.

L. F. Mollenauer, J. C. White, C. R. Pollock, Tunable Lasers, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1992).
[CrossRef]

Nagasaka, K.

Nieh, S. T. K.

D. J. Taylor, S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, Appl. Phys. Lett. 19, 269 (1971).
[CrossRef]

S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, D. K. Winslow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 15, 325 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Pollock, C. R.

L. F. Mollenauer, J. C. White, C. R. Pollock, Tunable Lasers, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1992).
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Sakurai, K.

Suda, A.

Tashiro, H.

Taylor, D. J.

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[CrossRef]

Walther, H.

H. Walther, J. H. Hall, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 239 (1970).
[CrossRef]

White, J. C.

L. F. Mollenauer, J. C. White, C. R. Pollock, Tunable Lasers, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1992).
[CrossRef]

Winslow, D. K.

S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, D. K. Winslow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 15, 325 (1969).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, Q.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

H. Walther, J. H. Hall, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 239 (1970).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

S. E. Harris, S. T. K. Nieh, D. K. Winslow, Appl. Phys. Lett. 15, 325 (1969).
[CrossRef]

I. C. Chang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 25, 370 (1974).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng.

I. C. Chang, Opt. Eng. 20, 824 (1981).

Opt. Lett.

Other

Catalog of acousto-optic products (Brimrose Corporation of America, Baltimore, Md., 1994).

L. F. Mollenauer, J. C. White, C. R. Pollock, Tunable Lasers, 2nd ed. (Springer-Verlag, New York, 1992).
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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental apparatus of the tunable Ti:sapphire laser with an AOTF.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Tuning ranges of the electronically tuned Ti:sapphire laser. The filled and the open circles show the results with and without the correction prism, respectively.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Correction of deviation of deflection angles caused by the AOTF.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Variation of diffracted beam angles. The deviation of angles from values for λ = 805 nm is shown as a function of wavelength. The shaded region indicates the continuous-tuning range shown in Fig. 2 obtained without the correction prism.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Oscilloscope traces of a 10-Hz-operated train consisting of pulses with three different wavelengths (λ1 = 764, 786, and 814 nm): (a) detected with a single photodiode, (b) separated into three beams with a prism and then detected with photodiodes set for individual beams. The shorter pulse width for λ3 is due to the difference of detector time constants.

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