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Proceedings of the IEEE
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Thin-Film Acoustooptic Devices

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Many thin-film acoustooptic interaction experiments for Bragg modulators and deflectors, for mode converters, and for fast switches have been demonstrated. Due to the high-power density, long interaction length, and controllable dispersion associated with guided-wave structures, thin-film acoustooptic devices have proved to have advantages over their bulk wave counterparts. In this paper, thin-film acoustooptic devices are discussed in terms of 1) the unique features in theoretical calculations which arise from the use of guided-wave structures, 2) the possible device configurations which may improve efficiency and speed, 3) the thin-film material and fabrication problems, 4) the transducer efficiency bandwidth trade-off, and 5) a comparison with bulk acoustooptic devices and thin-film electrooptic devices. Recent experimental results for thin-film acoustooptic modulators and convolvers are included. Copyright © 1976 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

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01 Jan 1976

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Proceedings of the IEEE

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