• Peer-Reviewed
Journal of the Optical Society of America B · 1985

Controlled Switching of 10mm Radiation Using Semiconductor Etalons

P. B. Corkum and D. Keith

An 80-MHz train of pulses, each lasting ~200 psec, has been switched from the output of a ~1-W cw CO₂ laser. The switching element, an uncoated Cr-doped GaAs étalon, was controlled by the ~1-W average power output of an argon-ion laser. Sensitive picosecond switching, pulse differentiation, and contrast enhancement of 10-μm pulses are also demonstrated using high-finesse étalons. The sensitivity of plasma-based devices for the control of ~10-μm and longer wavelength radiation is emphasized, and the physics of a new device (a plasma-beam deflector) is discussed.

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