Abstract

A dc-biased Kerr cell light modulator has been operated continuously at 5 Mc/sec. An analysis has been made showing the generation of harmonics as a function of applied bias and rf voltages. This shows how these may be chosen to optimize generation of a selected harmonic. Experimental data in excellent agreement with theory have been obtained. Modulation in excess of 50% at first harmonic has been obtained with rf voltages of the order of 15% of the dc extinction voltage.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

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