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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 20 — Oct. 2, 2006
  • pp: 9385–9390

Light-induced symmetry breaking and related giant enhancement of nonlinear properties in CdZnTe:V crystals

Sharon Shwartz, Raoul Weil, Mordechai Segev, Eugene Lakin, Emil Zolotoyabko, Vinod M. Menon, Stephen R. Forrest, and Uri El-Hanany  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 20, pp. 9385-9390 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.009385


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Abstract

We report on enormous light-induced reversible strain effects in CdZnTe:V crystals, which lead to a remarkable enhancement of their nonlinear properties, such as electrostriction and electro-optic effects. Using both high resolution x-ray diffraction and optical interferometry we measure light-induced relative deformation of the initial crystalline lattice (changes in d-spacings) up to 0.15%. The experimental findings are attributed to light-induced breaking of the initial cubic crystalline symmetry. Our results point to a family of inorganic materials whose nonlinear properties can be remarkably enhanced by light, offering new possibilities for nonlinear frequency conversion, generation of Terahertz radiation, electro-optic modulation, and self-deflection of optical beams.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 22, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2006
Published: October 2, 2006

Citation
Sharon Shwartz, Raoul Weil, Mordechai Segev, Eugene Lakin, Emil Zolotoyabko, Vinod M. Menon, Stephen R. Forrest, and Uri EL-Hanany, "Light-induced symmetry breaking and related giant enhancement of nonlinear properties in CdZnTe:V crystals," Opt. Express 14, 9385-9390 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-20-9385


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