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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 4 — Feb. 18, 2008
  • pp: 2336–2350

Direct-writing of inverted domains in lithium niobate using a continuous wave ultra violet laser

A. C. Muir, C. L. Sones, S. Mailis, R. W. Eason, T. Jungk, Á. Hoffmann, and E. Soergel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 2336-2350 (2008)

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The inversion of ferroelectric domains in lithium niobate by a scanning focused ultra-violet laser beam (λ=244nm) is demonstrated. The resulting domain patterns are interrogated using piezoresponse force microscopy and by chemical etching in hydrofluoric acid. Direct ultra-violet laser poling was observed in un-doped congruent, iron doped congruent and titanium in-diffused congruent lithium niobate single crystals. A model is proposed to explain the mechanism of domain inversion.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials

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Original Manuscript: November 30, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2008
Published: February 4, 2008

A. C. Muir, C. L. Sones, S. Mailis, R. W. Eason, T. Jungk, A. Hoffman, and E. Soergel, "Direct-writing of inverted domains in lithium niobate using a continuous wave ultra violet laser," Opt. Express 16, 2336-2350 (2008)

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