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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 20852–20861

Analysis of photorefractive optical damage in lithium niobate: application to planar waveguides

J. Villarroel, J. Carnicero, F. Luedtke, M. Carrascosa, A. García-Cabañes, J. M. Cabrera, A. Alcazar, and B. Ramiro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 20852-20861 (2010)

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Photorefractive optical damage of single beams in LiNbO3 crystals is analyzed within a framework of two photoactive centres (Fe2+/Fe3+ and NbLi4+/NbLi5+). It compares model simulations and significant experimental measurements in LiNbO3 waveguides. A good agreement is found in the performed comparisons: photovoltaic currents, refractive index changes and, especially relevant, in degraded beam-profiles. The progress of the degraded wavefront has been simulated by implementing a finite-difference beam-propagating method which includes the model equations. These results, together with previous ones on grating recording, provide a comprehensive, satisfactory explanation of most important questions on photorefractive optical damage.

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(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.5320) Materials : Photorefractive materials

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Original Manuscript: May 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2010
Published: September 17, 2010

J. Villarroel, J. Carnicero, F. Luedtke, M. Carrascosa, A. García-Cabañes, J. M. Cabrera, A. Alcazar, and B. Ramiro, "Analysis of photorefractive optical damage in lithium niobate: application to planar waveguides," Opt. Express 18, 20852-20861 (2010)

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