Intensity dependent residual amplitude modulation in electro-optic phase modulators

Sathian, Juna & Jaatinen, Esa (2012) Intensity dependent residual amplitude modulation in electro-optic phase modulators. Applied Optics, 51(16), pp. 3684-3691.

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Residual amplitude modulation (RAM) mechanisms in electro-optic phase modulators are detrimental in applications that require high purity phase modulation of the incident laser beam. While the origins of RAMare not fully understood, measurements have revealed that it depends on the beam properties of the laser as well as the properties of the medium. Here we present experimental and theoretical results that demonstrate, for the first time, the dependence of RAM production in electro-optic phase modulators on beam intensity. The results show an order of magnitude increase in the level of RAM, around 10 dB, with a fifteenfold enhancement in the input intensity from 12 to 190 mW/mm 2. We show that this intensity dependent RAM is photorefractive in origin. © 2012 Optical Society of America.

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ID Code: 50916
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Residual amplitude modulation (RAM) , electro-optic phase modulators, beam intensity
DOI: 10.1364/AO.51.003684
ISSN: 0003-6935
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2012 22:36
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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