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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 10 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: 9000–9007

Electro-optical Pockels scattering from a single nanocrystal

Bassam Hajj, Sandrine Perruchas, Joseph Lautru, Géraldine Dantelle, Thierry Gacoin, Joseph Zyss, and Dominique Chauvat  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 10, pp. 9000-9007 (2011)

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The electro-optical Pockels response from a single non-centrosymmetric nanocrystal is reported. High sensitivity to the weak electric-field dependent nonlinear scattering is achieved through a dedicated imaging interferometric microscope and the linear dependence of electro-optical signal upon the applied field is checked. Using different incident light polarization states, a priori random spatial orientation of the crystal can be inferred. The electro-optical response from a nanocrystal provides local subwavelength sensor of quasi-static electric fields with potential applications in physics and biology. It also leads to a new sub-wavelength microscopy towards the nanoscale investigation of interesting phenomena such as nanoferroelectricity.

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OCIS Codes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.2640) Nonlinear optics : Stimulated scattering, modulation, etc.

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2010
Published: April 25, 2011

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Bassam Hajj, Sandrine Perruchas, Joseph Lautru, Géraldine Dantelle, Thierry Gacoin, Joseph Zyss, and Dominique Chauvat, "Electro-optical Pockels scattering from a single nanocrystal," Opt. Express 19, 9000-9007 (2011)

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