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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 30221–30226

Evaluation of domain randomness in periodically poled lithium niobate by diffraction noise measurement

Prashant Povel Dwivedi, Hee Joo Choi, Byoung Joo Kim, and Myoungsik Cha  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 30221-30226 (2013)

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Random duty-cycle errors (RDE) in ferroelectric quasi-phase-matching (QPM) devices not only affect the frequency conversion efficiency, but also generate non-phase-matched parasitic noise that can be detrimental to some applications. We demonstrate an accurate but simple method for measuring the RDE in periodically poled lithium niobate. Due to the equivalence between the undepleted harmonic generation spectrum and the diffraction pattern from the QPM grating, we employed linear diffraction measurement which is much simpler than tunable harmonic generation experiments [J. S. Pelc, et al., Opt. Lett. 36, 864–866 (2011)]. As a result, we could relate the RDE for the QPM device to the relative noise intensity between the diffraction orders.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.2260) Materials : Ferroelectrics
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 2, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 12, 2013
Published: December 2, 2013

Prashant Povel Dwivedi, Hee Joo Choi, Byoung Joo Kim, and Myoungsik Cha, "Evaluation of domain randomness in periodically poled lithium niobate by diffraction noise measurement," Opt. Express 21, 30221-30226 (2013)

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  13. Manuscript in preparation by the authors.

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