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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 8 — Apr. 11, 2011
  • pp: 7153–7160

Non-invasive characterization of the domain boundary and structure properties of periodically poled ferroelectrics

Shan-Chuang Pei, Tuan-Shu Ho, Chien-Chung Tsai, Ting-Hao Chen, Yi Ho, Pi-Ling Huang, A. H. Kung, and Sheng-Lung Huang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 8, pp. 7153-7160 (2011)

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Shaping the ferroelectric domains as waveguide, grating, lens, and prism are key to the successful penetration of periodically-poled ferroelectrics on various wavelength conversion applications. The complicated structures are, however, difficult to be fully characterized, especially the unexpected index contrast at the anti-parallel domain boundaries are typical in the order of 10−4 or less. An ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography was employed to fully characterize the domain boundary and structure properties of a periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguide with an axial resolution of 0.68 μm, an transversal resolution of 3.2 μm, and an index contrast sensitivity of 4x10−7. The anti-parallel domain uniformity can clearly be seen non-invasively. Dispersion of the ferroelectric material was also obtained from 500 to 750 nm.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(130.3730) Integrated optics : Lithium niobate
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides

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Original Manuscript: November 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2011
Published: March 30, 2011

Shan-Chuang Pei, Tuan-Shu Ho, Chien-Chung Tsai, Ting-Hao Chen, Yi Ho, Pi-Ling Huang, A. H. Kung, and Sheng-Lung Huang, "Non-invasive characterization of the domain boundary and structure properties of periodically poled ferroelectrics," Opt. Express 19, 7153-7160 (2011)

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