We report the realization and characterization of a tunable, two-dimensional Talbot array illuminator for mid-infrared (MIR) wavelengths. A phase array, prepared by deposing tin-doped indium oxide electrodes on a square-lattice-geometry poled LiNbO3 sample, is illuminated by a difference-frequency generator emitting at 3 μm. Then, combining the electro-optic with the Talbot effect allows generation of a variety of light patterns under different values of distance and external electric field. Several potential applications with great relevance to the MIR spectral region are discussed.
American Institute of Physics
23 Mar 2009
Volume: 94 Issue: 12 Pages: 121105
Applied Physics Letters