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Packaging and Thermal Stabilization of Acousto-Optic Tunable Filters

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This paper describes packaging and thermal stabilization of a LiNbO3 acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF). The AOTF is regarded as a key component for wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) optical communications, due to its broad continuous wavelength tunability, narrow filter bandwidth, and capability for independent multichannel filtering1,2. Significant advances in AOTF performance have been realized in recent years, including drive power reduction, sidelobe suppression, and polarization-independent operation. We have focused on the issue of stabilizing AOTF operation under non-ideal ambient conditions, as part of a collaborative program to build and study an advanced WDM network.3

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