Abstract

A novel optical phase-shifting method based on a well-known acousto-optic interaction is proposed. By using a pair of acousto-optic modulators (AOMs) and properly aligning them, we construct an optical phase shifter that can directly control the phase of a collimated beam. The proposed phase shifter is insensitive to the polarization of the incident beam when polarization-insensitive AOMs are used, and no calibration is necessary. The proposed approach is confirmed with experimental results.

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N. Murakami, Y. Kato, N. Baba, and T. Ishigaki, Opt. Commun. 237, 9 (2004).
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1998

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1994

P. Hariharan and P. E. Ciddor, Opt. Commun. 110, 13 (1994).
[CrossRef]

1993

X.-Y. Su, G. von Bally, and D. Vukicevic, Opt. Commun. 98, 141 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Angel, J. R. P.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Baba, N.

N. Murakami, Y. Kato, N. Baba, and T. Ishigaki, Opt. Commun. 237, 9 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Cheselka, M.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ciddor, P. E.

P. Hariharan and P. E. Ciddor, Opt. Commun. 110, 13 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Creath, K.

K. Creath, in Progress in Optics, E. Wolf, ed. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1988), Vol. 26, p. 350.

Davis, J.

Griffin, D. W.

Hariharan, P.

P. Hariharan and P. E. Ciddor, Opt. Commun. 110, 13 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Hinz, P. M.

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[CrossRef]

Hoffmann, W. F.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Hora, J. L.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Ishigaki, T.

N. Murakami, Y. Kato, N. Baba, and T. Ishigaki, Opt. Commun. 237, 9 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kato, J.

Kato, Y.

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[CrossRef]

Matsumura, T.

McCarthy, D. W.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

McGuire, P. C.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Mihaylova, E.

Murakami, N.

N. Murakami, Y. Kato, N. Baba, and T. Ishigaki, Opt. Commun. 237, 9 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Sampson, D. D.

Su, X.-Y.

X.-Y. Su, G. von Bally, and D. Vukicevic, Opt. Commun. 98, 141 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Tango, W. J.

Toal, V.

von Bally, G.

X.-Y. Su, G. von Bally, and D. Vukicevic, Opt. Commun. 98, 141 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Vukicevic, D.

X.-Y. Su, G. von Bally, and D. Vukicevic, Opt. Commun. 98, 141 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Whelan, M.

Woolf, N. J.

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Yamaguchi, I.

Zvyagin, A. V.

Appl. Opt.

Nature

P. M. Hinz, J. R. P. Angel, W. F. Hoffmann, D. W. McCarthy, P. C. McGuire, M. Cheselka, J. L. Hora, and N. J. Woolf, Nature 395, 251 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

N. Murakami, Y. Kato, N. Baba, and T. Ishigaki, Opt. Commun. 237, 9 (2004).
[CrossRef]

X.-Y. Su, G. von Bally, and D. Vukicevic, Opt. Commun. 98, 141 (1993).
[CrossRef]

P. Hariharan and P. E. Ciddor, Opt. Commun. 110, 13 (1994).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Other

K. Creath, in Progress in Optics, E. Wolf, ed. (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1988), Vol. 26, p. 350.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of the proposed optical phase shifter.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental setup to demonstrate the proposed phase-shifting method: BS, beam splitter; PAs, power amplifiers; SG, signal generator; DL, delay line; OC, oscilloscope; MO, microscope objective.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Fringe patterns recorded with a phase delay of 180°.

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Ez0,t=E0 expik0z0-ω0t
A1=A10 expiKX-Ωt+Φ1.
E1z1,t=E10 expik1z1-ω0+Ωt+φ1+Φ1,
A2=A20 expiKX-Ωt+Φ2.
E2z2,t=E20 expik2z2-ω0t+φ2+Φ1-Φ2,

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