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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 25 — Dec. 12, 2005
  • pp: 10172–10181

Electrochromism accompanying ferroelectric domain inversion in congruent RuO2:LiNbO3 crystal

Ya’nan Zhi, De’an Liu, Yu Zhou, Zhifang Chai, and Liren Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 25, pp. 10172-10181 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.010172


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Abstract

Electrochromic phenomena accompanying the ferroelectric domain inversion in congruent RuO2-doped z-cut LiNbO3 crystals at room temperature are observed in experiments. During the electric poling process, the electrochromism accompanies the ferroelectric domain inversion simultaneously in the same poled area. The electrochromism is completely reversible when the domain is inverted from the reverse direction. The influences of electric field and annealing conditions on domain inversion and electrochromism are also discussed. We propose the reasonable assumption that charge redistribution within the crystal structure caused by domain inversion is the source for electrochemically oxidation and reduction of Ru ion to produce the electrochromic effect.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

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Ya'nan Zhi, De'an Liu, Yu Zhou, Zhifang Chai, and Liren Liu, "Electrochromism accompanying ferroelectric domain inversion in congruent RuO2:LiNbO3 crystal," Opt. Express 13, 10172-10181 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-13-25-10172


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