7 September 2016 An advanced regime of the anomalous acousto-optical interaction with tangential phase matching in crystalline materials
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Regime of effective non-collinear acousto-optical interaction with tangential phase matching had been identified and previously observed only in two limiting cases: in tellurium dioxide (TeO2) at low acoustic frequencies (~60 MHz) and in rutile (TiO2) at ultra-high frequencies (~5 GHz). Both these limits are motivated by optical properties of the chosen materials. Low frequencies in TeO2 admit designing a wide-aperture acousto-optical cell, but limit the frequency bandwidth. While an acousto-optical cell made of TiO2 has very small aperture and exhibits low spectral resolution due to the effect of linear acoustic attenuation. Instead of those limits, we propose an advanced regime of the anomalous acousto-optical interaction with tangential phase matching, which allows us varying the frequency range and optimizing all the performances (for instance, the spectral resolution) of a wide-aperture acousto-optical cell made of the chosen crystal, as the case requires. Recently, we had suggested and successfully tested experimentally the revealed additional degree of freedom, i.e. the action of the tilt angle within the refractive indices ellipsoids to manipulate by the performances of crystalline acousto-optical cells. Now, we consider an opportunity of refining this additional degree of freedom within those ellipsoids of crystalline acousto-optical cell through some declination of the acoustic beam. For our investigations, the lithium niobate (LiNbO3) and rutile (TiO2) crystals of about 5 cm length, operating with the slow-shear acoustic mode along the acoustic axes had been selected. The needed theoretical analysis, numerical estimations, and 3D-vector diagrams have been developed to reveal potential benefits of the proposed technique.
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Alexandre S. Shcherbakov, Alexandre S. Shcherbakov, Adan Omar Arellanes, Adan Omar Arellanes, "An advanced regime of the anomalous acousto-optical interaction with tangential phase matching in crystalline materials", Proc. SPIE 9958, Photonic Fiber and Crystal Devices: Advances in Materials and Innovations in Device Applications X, 99580C (7 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238185; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2238185
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