We present a summary of measured characteristics of lanthanum-doped lead zirconium titanate (PLZT) compound in its mechanical housing. It is expected that the PLZT device will be used as the main component in an ultrafast electro-optic switch. We have performed several experiments to measure and calculate the following characteristics: optical power transmission, thermodynamic effects, switching speed, and dc drift phenomenon.
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(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(250.3140) Optoelectronics : Integrated optoelectronic circuits
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
Damian Goldring, Zeev Zalevsky, Efraim Goldenberg, Amir Shemer, and David Mendlovic, "Optical Characteristics of the Compound PLZT," Appl. Opt. 42, 6536-6543 (2003)