Abstract

We have constructed and tested a longitudinal Pockels cell with a clear aperture of 26 cm × 26 cm. Transparent plasma electrodes formed in a low-pressure glow discharge were used to apply a uniform electric field to a 1-cm-thick KDP crystal. Optical switching times of 50 nsec were achieved with a bare KDP crystal. Significant improvement in switching time resulted from using a glass-plate–KDP-crystal sandwich.

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  1. G. W. Gibbs, Laser Focus/Electro-Optics, 19 (10), 95 (1983).
  2. J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Opt. Lett. 9, 73 (1984).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng. 464, 64 (1984).
  4. M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
    [CrossRef]
  5. “Monolithic cell for frequency conversion,” Sec. 3A, LLE Review, R. S. Craxton, ed., Quarterly Report October-December 1982 (Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York).

1984

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Opt. Lett. 9, 73 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng. 464, 64 (1984).

M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
[CrossRef]

1983

G. W. Gibbs, Laser Focus/Electro-Optics, 19 (10), 95 (1983).

Gibbs, G. W.

G. W. Gibbs, Laser Focus/Electro-Optics, 19 (10), 95 (1983).

Goldhar, J.

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Opt. Lett. 9, 73 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng. 464, 64 (1984).

M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Haas, R. A.

M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Henesian, M. A.

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng. 464, 64 (1984).

M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
[CrossRef]

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Opt. Lett. 9, 73 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Laser Focus/Electro-Optics

G. W. Gibbs, Laser Focus/Electro-Optics, 19 (10), 95 (1983).

Opt. Lett.

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Opt. Lett. 9, 73 (1984).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

M. A. Henesian, J. Goldhar, R. A. Haas, Opt. Lett. 83, 365 (1984).
[CrossRef]

Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng.

J. Goldhar, M. A. Henesian, Proc. Soc. Photo-Opt. Inst. Eng. 464, 64 (1984).

Other

“Monolithic cell for frequency conversion,” Sec. 3A, LLE Review, R. S. Craxton, ed., Quarterly Report October-December 1982 (Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York).

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Figures (4)

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Fig. 1

Photograph of 26 cm × 26 cm aperture Pockels cell mounted on large tilt-rotation table.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Electrical circuit for driving four-electrode geometry plasma electrode Pockels cell.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Optical layout for testing Pockels-cell switching performance at points across the aperture.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Applied voltage (kV) and optical transmission (%) versus time (nsec) for the 26 cm × 26 cm Pockels cell. (a) Bare-crystal cell at half-wave voltage, (b) Bare-crystal cell at full-wave voltage, (c) Sandwich geometry cell at half-wave voltage.

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