Accession Number : ADD018002

Title :   Actively Pumped Faraday Optical Filter.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 3 May 95, patented 30 Apr 96,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Billmers, Richard I ; Contarino, Vincent M ; Allocca, David M ; Squicciarini, Martin F ; Scharpf, William J

Report Date : 30 Apr 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : An actively pumped optical filter includes a vapor cell having a population of electrons with the plurality of energy levels which receives light and transmits light according to a pumping mechanism. A magnetic source is provided for applying a magnetic field to the vapor cell. A first pulsed dye laser applies a first beam of light to the vapor cell causing transitions of the electrons from a first energy level to a second energy level. A second pulsed dye laser is used for measuring the transmission through the vapor cell. A third laser applies a beam of light to the first laser and a beam of light to the second laser. The third laser may be an Nd:YAG laser. Polarizers arc disposed before and after the vapor cell and a delay path is provided for delaying the second beam of light before the second beam of light is applied to the laser cell. The delay path is tuned by adjusting the length.

Descriptors :   *LASER PUMPING, *OPTICAL FILTERS, *PATENTS, YAG LASERS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, CELLS, PULSED LASERS, DELAY, DYE LASERS, ENERGY LEVELS, FARADAY EFFECT, OPTICAL PUMPING, LASER COMPONENTS

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE