Optics

The Optoelectronics Laboratory provides a facility for the design, integration, and testing of many types of optical, microwave, and micro-optical devices.  Specific areas of interest include: polymer nonlinear optics, high-speed and guided-wave electro-optics, semiconductor lasers, nonlinear imaging, microwave sensors, and micromachined photonic devices. The laboratories are equipped with several floating optical tables, computer controlled instrumentation, and signal processing hardware in support of state-of-the-art lasers.  The lab offers a wide range of photonic device characterization equipment, including multiple fiber-coupled sources and photodetectors, optical spectrum analyzers, and a polarization measurement system.  Microwave characterization equipment includes: a vector network analyzer, short pulse TDR, microwave probe station, and a laser ablation system for cutting and trimming of microstrip waveguide structures.  Available laser systems include: two modelocked Ti:Sapphire lasers that produce sub-100 fsec pulses, a mode-locked Nd:YAG pumping a 100 fsec infrared color center laser, a Q-switched Nd:YLF laser and a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (not suitable for SFS), a 15 W argon-ion laser and a 6 W argon laser.

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