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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1997
  • pp: 2641–2649

Photorefractive nonlinearity of periodically poled ferroelectrics

B. Sturman, María Aguilar, F. Agulló-López, V. Pruneri, and P. G. Kazansky  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 10, pp. 2641-2649 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.14.002641


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Abstract

We study theoretically the dependence of the photorefractive response ofa periodically poled ferroelectric on the spatial frequency of light fringes, on the period of the domain inversion, and on its mark-to-space ratio. The photovoltaic effect, the drift of photoelectrons under an applied field, and their diffusion are considered as charge-transport mechanisms. Strong suppression of the photorefractive properties at low spatial frequencies (reduction of optical damage) together with retention of these properties in a region of short-fringe spacing are shown. We also found that the periodicity of the domain structure can produce a new kind of photorefractive parametric wave coupling. This coupling is characterized by a large gain factor for the waves propagating at angles that depend on the domain-inversion period. Finally, we discuss promising photorefractive experiments in periodically poled lithium niobate.

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B. Sturman, María Aguilar, F. Agulló-López, V. Pruneri, and P. G. Kazansky, "Photorefractive nonlinearity of periodically poled ferroelectrics," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 2641-2649 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-14-10-2641


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