Acousto-optic modulators are widely used for rapid switching and shuttering of laser beams. In many applications, the concomitant frequency shift is undesirable and must be compensated for elsewhere in the system. Here we present a simple method of achieving rapid laser power switching without an accompanying laser frequency shift. The demonstrated acousto-optic shutter achieves a switching time of around 25 ns, an extinction ratio of 46 dB, and efficiency comparable to a conventional double-pass acousto-optical modulator configuration. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4746292]
Review Of Scientific Instruments
Physics & Astronomy
Schwenger, W J. and Higbie, James M.. "High-speed acousto-optic shutter with no optical frequency shift." Review of Scientific Instruments (2012) : 083110.