Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 73–79

Rotation of laser beam polarization in acousto-optic devices

  • H. Eklund
  • A. Roos
  • S. T. Eng
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Abstract

When a linear, polarized laser beam is passed through an acousto-optic device, the polarization direction of the outgoing beam is often different from that of the entering beam, and thus a rotation of the polarization angle takes place. This paper shows how the polarization rotation and the intensity can be calculated for different polarization angles. Experimental results obtained with a single crystal germanium frequency shifter in the 10.6 μm region agreed well with theory.

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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Eklund
    • 1
  • A. Roos
    • 1
  • S. T. Eng
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical MeasurementsChalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden

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