[time-nuts] optically excite a quartz crystal?

cdelect at juno.com cdelect at juno.com
Sun Apr 20 13:35:08 EDT 2014

After reading about how the BVA oscillators avoid the problems of "on
crystal" electrodes I was wondering if anyone has tried to optically
excite a quartz crystal in an oscillator?

(Use a modulated laser to drive the bare crystal, and a photodetector
setup to detect and provide feedback?) 

Seems like it might work. Any comments?


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