Global Patent Index - EP 1064582 A1

EP 1064582 A1 2001-01-03 - CONTROLLING RESONANT PHOTOELASTIC MODULATORS

Title (en)

CONTROLLING RESONANT PHOTOELASTIC MODULATORS

Title (de)

STEUERUNG RESONANTER, PHOTOELASTISCHER MODULATOREN

Title (fr)

COMMANDE DE MODULATEURS PHOTOELASTIQUES RESONNANTS

Publication

EP 1064582 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 99912519 A

Priority

  • US 9905586 W
  • US 7806998 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9947966A1] A system and method for exploiting the dependance of a photoelastic modulator's (PEM's) resonance frequency on temperature (attributable to driving amplitude and to ambient temperature) to generally improve the performance of PEMs. In one embodiment there is provided a method and system for efficiently driving a series of multiple PEMs. To this end, each of the PEMs in a stack are separately tuned, as by controlling the power dissipated in each PEM, so that the resonance frequencies of all of the PEMs converge to a common frequency. Thus, all of the PEMs are simultaneously at resonance to ensure maximum efficiency and to maintain a selected total retardation amplitude. In another embodiment of the present invention, a single-element PEM is controlled in a manner to account for the subtle changes in the PEM's resonance frequency. To this end a control method and system is provided to keep constant both the retardation amplitude of the PEM and the actual operating frequency of the PEM, which frequency need not necessarily be the resonant frequency.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G02F 1/11; G02B 9/02; G02F 1/33

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G02B 5/30 (2006.01); G02F 1/11 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G02B 5/3083 (2013.01); G02F 1/113 (2013.01); G02F 1/11 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9947966A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE FR GB NL

EPO simple patent family

WO 9947966 A1 19990923; AU 3088199 A 19991011; CA 2323871 A1 19990923; EP 1064582 A1 20010103

INPADOC legal status


2003-05-07 [18W] WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20030307

2001-01-03 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20000915

2001-01-03 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): DE FR GB NL