Abstract

We develop a technique for analyzing the anisotropy of an acousto-optic figure of merit for crystals belonging to tetragonal symmetry groups 4/m, 4, and 4¯. The technique is based on phenomenological relations that describe anisotropies of the effective elasto-optic coefficients and the acoustic wave velocities. Our approach is verified on the example of NaBi(MoO4)2 crystals for all possible types and geometries of acousto-optic interactions. We list and characterize the acousto-optic interaction geometries at which the maximal acousto-optic figures of merit are reached for both isotropic and anisotropic interaction types. Finally, we show that the acousto-optic efficiency of NaBi(MoO4)2 originates mainly from large elasto-optic coefficients.

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