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The motive of doing this is to attend enough information, to use AOM as power modulator for the tweezer. AOM (Gooch & Housego R23080-2-1.06-LTD; 138252) operates in CW and normal mode. We use 1st order diffracted beam. First CW mode operation is characterized, to know the usable power (of the diffracted beam) Vs ascending input laser power. Second normal mode operation is characterized: Computer controlled ascending input voltage for RF signal power Vs usable power of the diffracted beam, at several input laser powers. The laser temperature is kept constant at 62F.
Relatively simple setup ThorLabs power meter is place infront of the diffracted beam from AOM. An aperture is used infront of the power meter to keep off all the stray beams.
CW mode operation characterization
The AOM is operating in CW mode. Data is recorded; laser power (.25W to 4W in .25W increments) Vs 1st order beam power. This 1st order beam power is the usable power for tweezer. The data is presented is below: