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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 10 — May. 12, 2008
  • pp: 7344–7360

Optical characterization of periodically-poled KTiOPO4

W. H. Peeters and M. P. van Exter  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 10, pp. 7344-7360 (2008)

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We demonstrate how the Maker fringes that are observable in spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) give a direct visualization of the poling quality of a periodically-poled crystal. Identical Maker fringes are observed in the optical spectrum of collinear SPDC and the temperature dependence of second harmonic generation. We analyze these Maker fringes via a unified treatment of the tuning curve in crystals with small and slowly-varying deformations of the poling structure. Our theoretical model, based on a Fourier analysis of the poling deformations, distinguishes between duty-cycle variations and variations of the poling phase. The analysis indicates that the poling phase is approximately fixed, while the duty-cycle typically varies between 36% and 64%.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(130.2260) Integrated optics : Ferroelectrics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 4, 2008
Published: May 6, 2008

W. H. Peeters and M. P. van Exter, "Optical characterization of periodically-poled KTiOPO4," Opt. Express 16, 7344-7360 (2008)

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