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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3311–3317

Simple method of detecting ferroelectric domains with non-phase-matched second-harmonic generation

Russell J. Gehr, W. J. Alford, and A. V. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 15, pp. 3311-3317 (1998)

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We demonstrate a new method of detecting the presence of ferroelectric domains based on non-phase-matched second-harmonic generation. If a domain boundary is tilted relative to the input and output faces of the crystal, the far-field second-harmonic light consists of multiple beams, in contrast to the single beam generated in a single-domain crystal. The angular separation of the beams provides a measure of the tilt of the domain wall if the refractive-index difference n - nω is known.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

Original Manuscript: October 6, 1997
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 1998
Published: May 20, 1998

Russell J. Gehr, W. J. Alford, and A. V. Smith, "Simple method of detecting ferroelectric domains with non-phase-matched second-harmonic generation," Appl. Opt. 37, 3311-3317 (1998)

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