Electro-Optics | Electro-Opitc Q-Switch | Pockel Cells

By: Chromodynamics  09-12-2011

A Pockels cell alters the polarization state of light passing through it when an applied voltage induces birefringence changes in an electro-optic crystal such as KD*P and BBO. When used in conjunction with polarizers, these cells can function as optical switches, or laser Q-switches. Frequently, Q-switches are employed in laser cavities for the purpose of shortening the output pulse, resulting in a light beam with enhanced peak intensity. In order to provide the device best suited to your purpose, Gooch and Housego offers the industry standard QX series, economical IMPACT cells, BBO-based LightGate, and large-aperture TX Pockels cell lines. High-speed electronic drivers properly matched to the cell produce the best results for short pulse applications.

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