Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) optimised for operation in the 2-4μm region

Ward, J.D., Valle, S., Pannell, C. and Johnson, N.P. (2015) Acousto-optic tunable filters (AOTFs) optimised for operation in the 2-4μm region. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 619, 012054. (doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/619/1/012054)

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Acousto-Optic Tunable Filters (AOTFs) are electronically-controlled bandpass optical filters. They are often preferred in applications in spectroscopy where their agility and rapid random-access tuning can be deployed to advantage. When used for spectral imaging a large aperture (typically 10mm or more) is desired in order to permit sufficient optical throughput. However, in the mid IR the λ2 dependence on RF drive power combined with the large aperture can prove to be a hurdle, often making them impractical for many applications beyond about 2μm. We describe and compare a series of specialised free-space configurations of AOTF made from single crystal tellurium dioxide, that require relatively low RF drive power. We report on AOTFs specifically optimised for operation with a new generation of Supercontinuum source operating in the 2-4μm window and show how these may be used in a spectral imaging system. Finally, we describe an AOTF with an (acoustic) Fabry-Perot cavity operating at acoustic resonance rather than the conventional travelling-wave mode; the acoustic power requirement therefore being reduced. We present an analysis of the predicted performance. In addition, we address the practical issues in deploying such a scheme and outline the design of a prototype "resonant AOTF" operating in the 1-2μm region.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Dr Nigel
Authors: Ward, J.D., Valle, S., Pannell, C., and Johnson, N.P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Publisher:Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1742-6596
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Physics: Conference Series 619:012054
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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