Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 46, Issue 6, pp 731–750 | Cite as

Best candidate materials for fast speed response and high transmission performance efficiency of acousto optic modulators

  • Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed


An acousto-optic modulator (AOM), also called a Bragg cell, uses the acousto-optic effect to diffract and shift the frequency of light using sound waves (usually at radio frequency). They are used in lasers for quality switching, telecommunications for signal modulation, and in spectroscopy for frequency control. This paper has presented the best candidate selected acousto optic materials based AOM for upgrading speed response and transmission performance characteristics. These materials are common materials for acousto-optic devices such as silica glass (SiO2), tellurium dioxide TeO2), gallium phosphide, and gallium arsenide. As well as we have deeply investigated the important transmission characteristics of acousto optic modulators such as transmission performance efficiency, transmission bit rate, diffraction angle and efficiency, transient speed response, signal transmission quality, bit error rate and modulation bandwidth under wide range of the affecting parameters for different selected acousto optic materials to be the major of interest.


Acousto optic materials Transmission characteristics Transmission bit rate Quality switching and Speed response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering Department, Faculty of Electronic EngineeringMenoufia UniversityMenoufEgypt

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