Abstract

A procedure is described for the synthesis of electro-optic shutters having arbitrarily prescribed characteristics of transmittance vs voltage. The procedure is an adaptation of the birefringent-network-synthesis procedure of Harris et al. The synthesized shutter consists of n identical cascaded cells between an input and output polarizer. The synthesis procedure prescribes the angles to which the cells should be rotated and the angle of the output polarizer. Although it is assumed in this paper that each cell contains a Kerr-effect material, the synthesis procedure is equally applicable if each cell utilizes the Pockels effect. The technique of this paper is of possible use in many situations where standard Kerr-cell (or Pockels-cell) shutters are now employed. By controlling the shutter’s transmission vs voltage characteristic, we are able to control the shape and duration of the transmitted optical pulse independently of the form of the applied voltage pulse. Thus by this procedure the duration of the optical pulse resulting from a given applied voltage pulse can be reduced. Possible applications are briefly discussed in the areas of high-speed photography and Q switching of lasers.

© 1966 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
The Electro-Optic Effect in Uniaxial Crystals of the Type X H2PO4. I. Theoretical

Bruce H. Billings
J. Opt. Soc. Am. 39(10) 797-801 (1949)

Formulation of a Mueller matrix for modeling of depolarization and scattering of nitrobenzene in a Kerr cell

Shamaraz Firdous, Khalid Hassan, and Masroor Ikram
Appl. Opt. 44(7) 1171-1177 (2005)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (9)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (2)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (13)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription