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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 2009
  • pp: 1321–1329

Dynamics of holographic recording with focused beams in iron-doped lithium niobate crystals

F. Kalkum, K. Peithmann, and K. Buse  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 1321-1329 (2009)

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Holograms are recorded with focused beams in an iron-doped lithium niobate crystal. The diffraction efficiency shows a maximum after several seconds of recording, unlike in the case of writing with two homogeneous plane waves in the same crystal. This behavior can be attributed to a compensation field caused by incomplete illumination of the crystal. The field finally stops the bulk photovoltaic effect, which is the main driving force of the process. Based on this assumptions, we derive an analytical expression for the evolution of the diffraction efficiency which correctly fits the experimental data.

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OCIS Codes
(050.7330) Diffraction and gratings : Volume gratings
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

Original Manuscript: November 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2009
Published: January 22, 2009

F. Kalkum, K. Peithmann, and K. Buse, "Dynamics of holographic recording with focused beams in iron-doped lithium niobate crystals," Opt. Express 17, 1321-1329 (2009)

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