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Title: Non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device

A non-linear optical crystal vibration sensing device (10) including a photorefractive crystal (26) and a laser (12). The laser (12 ) produces a coherent light beam (14) which is split by a beam splitter (18) into a first laser beam (20) and a second laser beam (22). After passing through the crystal (26) the first laser beam (20) is counter-propagated back upon itself by a retro-mirror (32), creating a third laser beam (30). The laser beams (20, 22, 30) are modulated, due to the mixing effect within the crystal (26) by vibration of the crystal (30). In the third laser beam (30), modulation is stable and such modulation is converted by a photodetector (34) into a usable electrical output, intensity modulated in accordance with vibration applied to the crystal (26).
  1. (Livermore, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
United States of America as represented by Department of Energy (Washington, DC) OAK
Patent Number(s):
US 5335548
Contract Number:
Research Org:
University of California; Michael J Hughes
Sponsoring Org:
Country of Publication:
United States
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